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JAD ABUMRAD: Hey, this is Jad. Before we start, in case kids are listening,
just know that this episode contains — well, Molly curses a little bit in this one.
I do too.
MOLLY WEBSTER: I’m Molly Webster. This is Gonads episode four. This
week we’re releasing two episodes that are related. Starting with …
MOLLY: Dutee.
DUTEE CHAND: [speaks Hindi]
SARAH: [speaks Hindi]
MOLLY: Dutee Chand is a world-class runner from India.
SARAH: [speaks Hindi]
MOLLY: Hello, Dutee!
MOLLY: How are you?
DUTEE CHAND: [speaks Hindi]
MOLLY: I called her with More Perfect producer Sarah Qari. I was having
Sarah translate. Dutee speaks Hindi. We caught up with her in Hyderabad
where she’s currently training, and I called her because a few years ago, right
as her career was taking off, she got caught up in this maelstrom that almost
ended it. And throughout the series, we’ve been asking all these questions
about biological sex inside the body, and this moment in her life takes all of
those questions and thrusts them out into the world in a very public way.
DUTEE CHAND: [speaks Hindi]
MOLLY: Just to start at the beginning.
DUTEE CHAND: I’m from a village in Orissa called Chaka Gopalpur. There
are nine people in my family. Six sisters, one brother and my parents. And my
oldest sister is the one who got me into running when I was five years old.
MOLLY: Dutee’s sister was a track star in school.
DUTEE CHAND: And as I got older, she started training me. There was no
track to run on so I would run along the edge of the river or on the road or in
the village. Our family was poor and we couldn’t afford shoes, so I would run
barefoot. And the tiny pebbles in the road would get stuck in my feet. My
sister pushed me. She didn’t let me slack off when I would complain or not
want to train.
MOLLY: Years went on. She kept training with her sister, and she just got
faster and faster and faster until 2012 she had this big break.
RUTH PADAWER: I’m trying to think of how old she was then. I think she
was 16.
MOLLY: This is a journalist who has spoken to and written about Dutee, Ruth
RUTH PADAWER: Contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.
MOLLY: And Ruth says what happens in 2012 is Dutee qualifies for the
National Youth championships in Bangalore.
RUTH PADAWER: And she wins the hundred meters in 11.8 seconds.
DUTEE CHAND: And usually Indian female runners are running that same
race in 12.2 or 12.3 seconds.
MOLLY: Like, grown-up professional runners, while she’s still a teenager.
RUTH PADAWER: And then the next year …
MOLLY: She goes back to the youth national championships …
RUTH PADAWER: Wins gold in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
MOLLY: That same year, still 2013, Dutee starts racing internationally.
DUTEE CHAND: The World Youth Championship.
MOLLY: She ran her best 100-meter time yet. An 11.62. Only about a second
slower than the world record.
RUTH PADAWER: And in June 2014, she wins gold again at the Asian
championship in Taipei.
DUTEE CHAND: My coach and my family started saying to me, “Dutee,
you’re gonna go to the Olympics.”
MOLLY: So Dutee is basically the hottest young female runner in India. And
then 2014, was preparing for the Commonwealth Games, which are sort of
like a warm-up to the Olympics for certain countries. And as she’s preparing
for the games, she gets sent to the team doctors for a doping test. And she
said, like, this was kind of a normal part of her life.
DUTEE CHAND: I had blood tests done ever since I was little. We had to
take a dope test a month before every tournament and also after the race.
MOLLY: So she goes to see the team doctor and he’s like, No blood. We’re
gonna do an ultrasound.”
JAD: Huh.
MOLLY: Which is not normal. And so she asked them why, and they just
said, “Oh, we’re, like, looking at your bone density.” And so she’s like, “Okay,
whatever.” Eventually, she does do a normal blood test. Goes back, keeps
training for the games. Couple of weeks later picks up the newspaper and
sees her picture on the front page of the newspaper.
DUTEE CHAND: There’s a picture of me with a huge headline screaming,
“Dutee Disqualified From The Team,” followed by a news story that said that I
was a male, not a female.
MOLLY: She has no idea what’s going on, but she said at that point her
phone starts blowing up.
DUTEE CHAND: The media called me and told me all the details. Like, there
was this gender test that happened.
MOLLY: Saying, “Is it true? Is it true? You failed the gender test?”
DUTEE CHAND: There was this hyperandrogenism test, this gender test, and
the results said that I wasn’t a woman, that I was a man. And couldn’t
compete with the women. I was shocked. I didn’t understand how this could
happen. And the media kept asking me, “What are you, actually?” And I said,
“I don’t know. My parents gave birth to me and I grew up the way that they
raised me.” I’m a girl. I’m a woman. And I didn’t know about anything that
was being reported about me.
JAD: You failed the gender test?
MOLLY: Yeah.
JAD: Is that what was happening in the MRIs and the ultrasounds?
MOLLY: Yeah.
JAD: And what exactly is a gender test? Like, what is that exactly?
MOLLY: I — yeah, Dutee saying it was the first time I had ever heard that
phrase, but it’s actually this thing that’s been happening in sports for a long
time. And I’m gonna take you on a journey back to the beginning of it. So I
didn’t know this, but the — but the sort of first modern-day Olympics was
1896, which seems very recent.
JAD: It does seem recent.
MOLLY: And there were no female athletes.
JAD: Really?
MOLLY: And apparently, like, one of the people who was charged with sort
of like restarting the Olympics said something like this is, like, no place for
women. But sure enough, by 1900 …
[DOCUMENTARY CLIP: Amid great controversy, it was decided to allow
women to compete for the first time.][/i]
MOLLY: You had 22 female athletes. Which …
[DOCUMENTARY CLIP: Fears were expressed that athletic competition
could physically damage the weaker sex.]
MOLLY: … was not uncontroversial. But by the 19 — by 1960 …
[NEWS CLIP: Rome welcomes the summer games of the 17th Olympiad.]
MOLLY: Which were the Olympics in Rome. There were 600 female athletes.
JAD: Hmm.
MOLLY: And so two things conflate at the same time, which is a lot of
women now participating in the Olympics. And the Cold War. You know, the
Soviet Union, the U.S. A lot of posturing.
JAD: Yeah.
MOLLY: And there was this, like, fear, not very merited it turns out, that
maybe the Soviets were taking men and putting them into female athletics to
win more medals. Or that the U.S. was doing that also.
JAD: Huh.
MOLLY: And so what started were these things that everyone calls …
RUTH PADAWER: The nude parade.
MOLLY: What is that?
RUTH PADAWER: So women would line up …
MOLLY: Mm-hmm.
RUTH PADAWER: Wearing bras and panties. And they would go in front of
three doctors, often men, and they had to lower their underpants. And …
MOLLY: Are you serious?
RUTH PADAWER: Yes, and they were examined, palpated and measured.
And …
MOLLY: This makes me very uncomfortable.
MOLLY: So invasive!
RUTH PADAWER: So invasive. Invasive is the first word that comes to mind.
MOLLY: So this is happening all throughout the ’60s. People start to complain
— rightly …
RUTH PADAWER: And the IAAF, which is the International Association of
Athletics Federations, and the International Olympic Committee both come
under criticism. And so in the late 1960s, they come up with another
approach. Another test.
MOLLY: Okay.
RUTH PADAWER: And that’s a chromosome test.
[NEWS CLIP: The test is called the Barr body test. Cells scraped from the
inside of the cheek are placed under a microscope.]
MOLLY: And then tested for Xs and Ys.
[NEWS CLIP: This dark spot shows up only on female tests.]
RUTH PADAWER: And so anybody who has XX is okay.
MOLLY: Because that supposedly equals female.
RUTH PADAWER: And anybody who has something other than XX is
[NEWS CLIP: If they find a Y chromosome in there, that means you’re
MOLLY: Here you have a test that’s theoretically less invasive.
RUTH PADAWER: People don’t have to pull down their underwear.
MOLLY: And way more precise.
RUTH PADAWER: The idea at that point was, well IOC in 1968 said that the
chromosome tests quote, “Indicates quite definitively the sex of a person.”
MOLLY: Except when it doesn’t. Like we talked about in our last episode,
there is a gene on the Y chromosome that if you have it and if it turns on, you
will likely become a male. But there are a lot of XY women in the world. These
are women who had a Y chromosome which is associated with male, but that
little gene? It didn’t turn on. Conversely, you can have XX males, meaning
that little piece of the Y chromosome got onto an X.
JAD: Huh.
MOLLY: There are all of these different chromosomal, like, aberrations. You
could be XXXX.
JAD: You have two extra Xs?
MOLLY: You could have three extra Xs.
JAD: As a woman.
MOLLY: As a female. Yeah.
JAD: Huh.
MOLLY: You could be XXY. You could be XYY.
JAD: And these are perfectly healthy people?
MOLLY: It runs the gamut. You could have fertility issues or developmental
issues or no issues at all.
RUTH PADAWER: And so the debate was, you know, there were a lot of
geneticists and endocrinologists who are saying sex, isn’t determined just by
chromosomes. It’s determined by hormones and by physiology and, you
know, totally getting away from gender, which is even more complicated. But
just because you don’t have XX doesn’t mean that you aren’t a woman.
MOLLY: And eventually all of the sport’s governing bodies came around to
that conclusion. And by 2000, everybody was like, “No more chromosome
testing.” In fact …
[NEWS CLIP: The World Federation that governs track and field has voted to
scrap all testing for gender.]
MOLLY: You have this moment where it looks like gender testing is gonna go
away. Cold War is over, those fears are gone. Maybe we didn’t need it
anymore. But then this other idea walked into the room that actually had
been there all along. This idea of fairness. Because the fact of the matter is, if
you compare male athletes to female athletes in pretty much every track and
field event except for a few, there’s a big difference in performance. Like,
take the 800 meters. The women’s record is 1 minute 53.28. Whereas the
men …
[SPORTS CLIP: It’s a world record! A world record! 1:40.91 is shown on the
MOLLY: Almost 13 seconds faster. In fact, I talked to — I talked on
background to one female athlete. World champion. One of the fastest
women in the world, and she said her fastest mile is regularly beaten by, like,
a good high school boy. And so if you’re a female athlete, or even, like, a
spectator who’s watching this sport, you want to make sure that females and
males aren’t racing each other. And so what you saw when this sort of like
organized gender testing went away, is that whenever someone got really,
really fast, whenever a female got really fast, there was finger-pointing. And
this all came to a head in 2009.
[SPORTS CLIP: So now we go down to track side after all that excitement as
the women try and gather themselves for the 800 meters final.]
MOLLY: On August 19th of that year, a South African runner, just 18, Caster
Semenya just crushes the field.
[SPORTS CLIP: Semenya pushes on again and she’s breaking away.
Semenya looks over her shoulder and she’s away.]
MOLLY: On the final lap, she wins by so much.
[SPORTS CLIP: Well, that smashes the world list by almost two seconds.]
MOLLY: And almost immediately after the race …
MADELEINE PAPE: My conclusion was okay. Something isn’t — something’s
going on here. There was something not right.
MOLLY: There was just a thought that there was a problem.
MADELEINE PAPE: Oh, yeah. Yeah.
MOLLY: This is Madeleine Pape.
MADELEINE PAPE: I’m a PhD candidate in sociology and an Olympian for
MOLLY: She ran against Caster Semenya in that heat. She’s since become a
big defender of Caster, but she says at the time, because Semenya’s times
were increasing so quickly, because she was kicking the field’s ass like so
totally …
MADELEINE PAPE: People around me were talking about her, spreading
rumors and spreading and …
MOLLY: And what were the people around you saying?
MADELEINE PAPE: Oh, is she a man? Look, she just looks like a man.
Because she’s a tomboy. It wasn’t that I was, like — I didn’t hold a strong
opinion about it. I just was like — I just want the IAAF to deal with it and
make it go away.
MOLLY: And so you had gotten to the point where you were opposed to
Caster competing?
MADELEINE PAPE: Oh, I was opposed to Caster competing almost
immediately in Berlin.
MOLLY: Over the next 24 hours she says, the rumors got louder and louder.
MADELEINE PAPE: Basically like a cacophonous level.
[NEWS CLIP: Well, there was a very dramatic race in Berlin last night. But
the drama had to do less with who won the race than who was in it and
whether they should have been there.]
MADELEINE PAPE: There was discussion happening in the media.
[NEWS CLIP: The big question this morning is whether one of the runners
should be in the men’s or women’s race.]
[NEWS CLIP: If she runs like a man and talks like a man, is she a man?]
[NEWS CLIP: Is the new world champion in the women’s 800-meter race
really a woman at all?]
MADELEINE PAPE: That’s when the IAAF — the sport’s governing body, the
IAAF claimed that they had no choice but to announce something at that
point. That yes, they were going to investigate Caster Semenya because they
had concerns about her sexual development.
[IAAF SPOKESPERSON: If, at the end of this investigation, it is proven that
the athlete is not a female, we will withdraw her name for the results of the
competition today.]
MADELEINE PAPE: It was one of those things I think where, looking back, I
feel like it makes me sad. Yeah, it really makes me sad.
JAD: What ended up happening to Caster Semenya?
MOLLY: Well, the IAAF banned her. There all these closed-door meetings
and she didn’t race for, like, a year.
MADELEINE PAPE: What the IAAF testing revealed about Semenya’s
physiological makeup never has been confirmed actually.
MOLLY: But what emerged from all the mishegoss is that in the end the IAAF
recommitted to gender testing.
RUTH PADAWER: To trying to figure out some clear, bright, measurable
way to draw a line between male and female.
[SPORTING SPOKESPERSON: We choose to have two classifications for
our competitions: men’s events and women’s events. This means we need to
be clear about the competition criteria for those two categories.]
MOLLY: And the way they decided now to be clear was no longer about
chromosomes. No more medieval nude parades. Instead, they were going to
look at hormones. Specifically, testosterone.
[SPORTING SPOKESPERSON: Testosterone, either naturally occurring or
artificially inserted into the body, provides significant performance
advantages. I think there is little question about that.]
MOLLY: The idea was, we know that testosterone causes muscles that are,
like, faster, stronger, leaner. And that men have 10 to 30 times more
testosterone than women, which is a byproduct of having testes. And so the
concern was in these women that have that Y gene, either that they might
have internal testes that haven’t descended, or like a gonadal streak. Like,
some reproductive tissue that would be emitting testosterone, giving them
some sort of male-like advantage.
RUTH PADAWER: And so in 2011, the IAAF decides that they will institute a
test for high testosterone levels. And so if the testosterone levels falls with -within quote “the male range,” then they’re to be barred.
MOLLY: And this is the first time they try and put a number on it. They say
that your testosterone levels, if they’re greater than 10 nanomoles per liter
you cannot run.
JAD: Nanomoles per liter.
MOLLY: I know. What does that even mean?
JAD: Wow.
MOLLY: So this rule gets put into place, and this is the rule that Dutee
bumps into and ultimately pushes back against. That part of the story after
the break.
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Gonads is supported in part by Science Sandbox, A Simons Foundation
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MOLLY: We’re back. I’m Molly Webster. This is Gonads episode four with
Indian runner Dutee Chand. So when Dutee shows up in 2014, when they
take her in for a secret gender test because she’s doing so well, it is to test
for high testosterone.
[NEWS CLIP: The Athletics Federation of India decided she did not count as
a woman. Her natural testosterone levels were too high.]
MOLLY: And so Dutee gets banned.
DUTEE CHAND: I was disqualified three days before the Commonwealth
Games. And I was told that I couldn’t participate because of
MOLLY: Had you ever even heard about, like, the idea that women could
have high testosterone or something called hyperandrogenism?
DUTEE CHAND: No, I didn’t know anything about it.
MOLLY: Dutee’s first thought was basically, “This is bullshit.”
DUTEE CHAND: My family and my friends and my fans kept saying to me,
“You must be the victim of some kind of politics. You were running so well,
and that’s why someone’s trying to stop you.”
MOLLY: So she gets her own doctor and she does the tests again.
DUTEE CHAND: The results in this test were the same, and I started to
believe that there was something wrong with my body.
RUTH PADAWER: She told me that she cried for days.
DUTEE CHAND: I was mostly scared because I didn’t know anything about
RUTH PADAWER: She said, “I felt naked. I am a human being, but I felt like
I was an animal. I wondered how I would live with so much humiliation.”
DUTEE CHAND: In our village children are born at home, and no one goes
to the hospital to deliver babies. Had I been born at the hospital, maybe the
doctor would have said what was going on inside my body and I would have
probably understood this better as a child. But that wasn’t the case. I was
born at home and raised like a girl, and there were no issues surrounding
that. And when suddenly the question was raised about my gender, calling
me a male, it was very confusing. How could I have just become a man one
MOLLY: Ultimately, Dutee decides, “I’m gonna fight this.” And Ruth says she
sends a letter appealing her ban to the Athletics Federation of India.
RUTH PADAWER: She writes, “I was born a woman, reared up as a woman.
I identify as a woman. And I believe I should be allowed to compete with
other women. Many of whom are either taller than me or come from more
privileged backgrounds, things that most certainly give them an edge over
MOLLY: And eventually Dutee ends up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
JAD: Is that a higher body than the IAAF?
MOLLY: It’s like the — it’s like the Supreme Court of sport.
JAD: Wow.
MOLLY: Everyone calls it CAS. So on the one side you have Dutee, and on
the other side you have the IAAF.
RUTH PADAWER: IAAF governs track and field around the world.
MOLLY: Sort of the way it breaks down is Dutee’s essentially making two
main arguments. The first is that the hyperandrogenism rule is discriminatory.
It’s discriminatory towards women. To which the IAAF essentially says, “Yeah,
it kind of is. But we’re doing it for a reason, and that reason outweighs the
risk.” Right? There’s definitely an argument that if you eradicated gender you
would be screwing over hundreds of thousands of women. Their sort of -their big thing is like, “Listen, as a society, even in this court case, we all
seem to agree we want to separate men and women. We need to figure out
some way to do this.” Dutee’s response to that, her second argument is,
“Sure. Okay, fine. We need to separate the sexes. But the way you’ve chosen
to do it is not solid.” You have this number, 10 nanomoles per liter, which is
supposedly the high end of testosterone for women. But if you actually look at
the data, there’s crazy variability. Like, you’ll see women with levels that
were, like, less than 1 and levels that were above 30, which is typically
considered — 30 is, like, considered high for men.
MOLLY: So there was these studies that came out where one study was like,
we’ve looked at all these different testosterone levels and, you know, there’s
an average for men and there’s an average for women and they’re on
different ends of a spectrum. But what we saw is there’s totally overlap. It’s
not like one end, the other end, never the two shall meet. That like there’s -that some women go high and some men go low. And you’ve got, you know,
men with low testosterone who are world class champions, and you’ve got
women with high testosterone that never win. It’s just — it’s not always clear
the role that testosterone has in performance.
JAD: Oh really? I thought it was — I thought that was well-established that if
— that testosterone will make you faster. Like, isn’t that what steroids do?
RUTH PADAWER: Well, there’s agreement that synthetic testosterone …
MOLLY: Steroids.
RUTH PADAWER: … ramps up performance. Helping both male and female
athletes jump higher and run faster. But there’s vehement disagreement
about whether natural testosterone, one’s own testosterone, has that same
MOLLY: Why wouldn’t it?
RUTH PADAWER: Well, that’s a really good question. The IAAF witnesses
argue that logic suggests that natural testosterone is likely to work the way
synthetic testosterone does.
MOLLY: But some scientists argue that a sudden burst of testosterone is
much different than sort of a natural level of testosterone that your body’s
calibrated to. The long and the short, the science is surprisingly contested.
Furthermore, Dutee argued, if you really want to talk about fairness, you need
to look beyond sex.
RUTH PADAWER: There are all sorts of advantages that people have. You
know, some people are born with increased aerobic capacity, and others with
resistance to fatigue or super-long limbs or flexible joints or large hands and
MOLLY: And other people had disadvantages. Like Dutee said, I came from a
village in Southeast India where I raced for years with no shoes, and only had
vegetables and rice. You know, like, if you want things to be fair then, like,
we should all have the exact same upbringing, the exact same coaching
system, the exact same shoes.
RUTH PADAWER: But the IAAF say, well, that’s not about the division
between men and women. If sports is divided by men and women, we need
to find out what the thing is that divides men and women.
MOLLY: July, 2015.
[NEWS CLIP: The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled today that Dutee
Chand could continue to race despite her higher-than-normal levels of
MOLLY: Court rules that Dutee can continue to race. And they say to the
IAAF like, you don’t have enough scientific evidence to have this
hyperandrogenism rule. Go work on that. Let us know what you find. And
through this whole controversy, at least a year goes by. Dutee never stops
DUTEE CHAND: My coach told me no matter what, just keep training. I
wake up at 5 a.m. Train from 6 to 10. Then we hit the grounds again from 4
to 6 for the third round of training with the coach.
MOLLY: And the summer after the ruling, at a big international meet in
Kazakhstan, Dutee ran 11.3 in the 100-meter, setting an Indian national
record. And she makes the Olympics.
[NEWS CLIP: India’s Dutee Chand has scripted history, becoming the firstever Indian woman to qualify for the Rio Olympics in the 100 meters event
since 1980.]
MOLLY: Meanwhile, the IAAF, just like the court asked, they go back to the
drawing board and they commission their own study. And last summer it was
published. What they did was analyze blood samples from a couple thousand
athletes at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. And what they were
looking for was to see if the women with high testosterone outperformed the
women with low testosterone. And what they found is that if you are a female
runner who runs the 400-meter, the 800-meter, the 400 hurdles or the mile,
you are conferred an advantage with high testosterone levels.
JAD: In only those events?
MOLLY: In only those events. Oh, and there’s also a throwing event, and one
other. Having high testosterone levels conferred an advantage of, like, 1.8
percent to 4.5 percent faster, or, like, two percent to four percent roughly.
And just to say, like, if you’re a runner, one percent could be like two-tenths
of a second, one tenth of a second.
JAD: Which is?
MOLLY: Which is often how races are decided.
JAD: Right. And these — so these distances are the higher distances? Am I
MOLLY: These distances are the middle distances.
JAD: Middle distances.
MOLLY: Yeah.
JAD: So the sprint — not the sprints and not the long distance.
MOLLY: What their study finds is that the sprints do not — you do not get an
advantage from testosterone. The long-distance, no advantage from
testosterone. These middle-distant races, seemingly an advantage from
testosterone, and a throwing event — was it hammer throw?
JAD: What a fucking mess! So you’re saying to me that, like, we started with,
like, the nude parade. and now where we end up with, like the line that we’ve
chosen to draw is, in these middle-distance races, that’s where we’re gonna,
like, make a big deal about trying to separate out the sexes in these.
JAD: Like, it feels like …
MOLLY: It just — it feels like everyone’s just arguing over change at this
point. Even since that study was published, the data’s been called into
question and there’s a call for retraction, and they published that there was a
bunch of data errors. The authors still stand behind the study and in fact, the
IAAF is now using it as the basis for a new testosterone rule they introduced
this past April. We reached out to the IAAF a few times and didn’t hear back.
But, I mean right now we’re arguing about testosterone, but I think that the
bigger issue here is that we’re, like, coming into a moment as society where
we’re more and more open to gender fluidity.
JAD: Mm-hmm.
MOLLY: But if we’ve all agreed on the whole that it’s unfair to group women
with men in sports, then we do have to answer a real question, which is,
“How do I keep the dichotomy, the binary in athletics while the rest of the
world is changing?”
JAD: Interesting.
MOLLY: And what you see with Dutee or any of these female athletes, is
they’re sort of caught at the place where these two worlds meet. Which is a
hard place to find yourself. Dutee told me when this whole thing blew up she
was only 18 years old.
DUTEE CHAND: I was at this age when boys and girls start falling for each
other and there was a guy who fell hard for me. And I fell for him, too. We
used to talk a lot on the phone and thought that one day when we got older
we’d get married. But when the news in 2014 started appearing everywhere,
he started asking me who I was for real. He said, “If you’re a boy then how
can the two of us, both boys, stay together in the future? How will our
dreams of having children or creating a family ever come true?” Eventually I
did tell him that the results confirmed that I had hyperandrogenism, and I
asked him are you going to love me and marry me or not? He said “No, I
don’t love you anymore. And I can’t marry you, because my family doesn’t
approve of our relationship.” So I said, “Fine.” So he forgot me and I forgot
him, too. After that guy left me, there haven’t been any other guys that like
me anymore. But now a lot of girls have started liking me, and a lot of them
say that they want to settle down with me.
MOLLY: How do you feel about that?
DUTEE CHAND: I guess I feel happy and sad. My childhood dreams of
having a husband, creating a family with him might not come true. But when
I see all these girls still attracted to me, I often wonder if I could make a
home with a girl. In India, only boys and girls get married. Girls don’t marry
MOLLY: If it was more acceptable to marry a girl in India, do you think you’d
want to do that?
DUTEE CHAND: Right now I haven’t thought about it, and I’m focusing on
my sports career. But after I’m done with my career, I am going to need
someone to spend my life with, right? So I’ll see if there is any guy that likes
me, I would marry him and settle down. But if there aren’t any guys
interested in me and girls still like me, then I would settle down with a girl.
Whoever likes me, I would spend my life with them.
MOLLY: Three weeks ago, Dutee Chand made headlines by breaking her own
national record in the 100-meter. She beat it by one hundredth of a second.
MOLLY: This episode was reported by me, Molly Webster, with co-reporting
and translation by Sarah Qari. It was produced by Pat Walters with production
help from Jad Abumrad and Rachael Cusick. The Gonads Theme was written,
performed and produced by Majel Connery and Alex Overington. Special
thanks to Geertje Mak, Maayan Sudai, Andrea Dunaif, Bhrikuti Rai and
Payoshni Mitra. Plus, thanks to Joe Osmundson and Madeleine Pape, who is
currently working on research about the regulation of female, transgender,
and intersex athletes in sport. I’m Molly Webster. See you next week.
[AMY BOYD: Hello. My name is Amy Boyd and I’m calling from Abuja,
Nigeria. Radiolab was created by Jad Abumrad and is produced by Soren
Wheeler. Dylan Keefe is our Director of Sound Design. Maria Matasar-Padilla is
our Managing Director. Our staff includes Simon Adler, Maggie Bartolomeo,
Becca Bressler, Rachael Cusick, David Gebel, Bethel Habte, Tracie Hunte, Matt
Kielty, Robert Krulwich, Annie McEwen, Latif Nasser, Malissa O’Donnell,
Arianne Wack, Pat Walters and Molly Webster. With help from Shima Oliaee,
Carter Hodge and Liza Yeager. Our fact-checker is Michelle Harris.]
Hosted by Molly Webster
Produced by WNYC Studios
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