According to the policies of these organizations, an athlete with testosterone levels in the male range cannot compete in the female category. As I discuss in my previous post, by creating a definition of sex that is meant to only be applicable in sports, the IOC and IAAF effectively created a situational definition of sex. In the United States, sex is defined differently in different contexts. At birth, it is defined by external genitalia. In genetic testing, it is defined by chromosomal makeup. In everyday life situations, it is defined by clothes, hair, and other select physical features.
A Situational Definition of Sex
A Situational Definition of Sex | Bill of Health
Situational sexual behavior is sexual behavior of a kind that is different from what is usual for that person or from what that person normally exhibits due to a social environment that permits, encourages, or compels those acts. For example, people who travel overseas might not have sex with prostitutes in their home countries, but do so when they visit other countries, where such activities are legal or ignored by authorities. To contrast, for those whose primary sexual identification is pedophilia , visiting foreign countries where sex with minors can be easily practiced is not situational sexual behavior. Other examples are people in prison , the military , single sex boarding schools , or other sex-segregated communities, where members of those communities often engage in homosexual behaviors but identify as heterosexual otherwise. Many people change their sexual behaviour depending on the situation. For example, men and women in university may practice bisexuality only in that environment. Experimentation of this sort is more common among adolescents, both male and female.
Effects of situational stress and sex on interpersonal distance preference
Introduction: Recent nationally representative studies documenting event-level sexual behavior have included samples that are predominantly heterosexual, resulting in limited information on the sexual repertoire of gay and bisexually identified men. Aim: This study sought to document the sexual behaviors that gay and bisexually identified men report during their most recent male-partnered sexual event and to describe the situational characteristics and participants' evaluation of these events. Methods: Via an internet-based survey, data were collected from 24, gay and bisexually identified men ages years from 50 US states and the District of Columbia. Main outcome measures: Measures included items related to sociodemographics, recent sexual behavior history, situational characteristics, orgasm, and ratings of arousal and pleasure. Results: Participants' mean age was
Situational sexual behavior differs from that which the person normally exhibits, due to a social environment that in some way permits, encourages, or compels the behavior in question. This can include situations where a person's preferred sexual behavior may not be possible, so rather than refraining from sexual activity completely, they may engage in substitute sexual behaviors. One example of situation-specific sexual behavior would be a person who self-identifies as heterosexual, but will sexually interact with a member of the same sex when lacking other opportunities, such as among soldiers , among prison inmates , among college students , or in similar single-sex communities and institutions. Some people change their sexual behavior depending on the situation or at different points in their life.