This essay considers the shared ideological foundation underlying transfeminine exclusion from sports and transfeminine exclusion from dating. While biological advantage and sexual preference are often cited as indisputable, legitimate, and scientifically supported criteria for prohibiting transgender participation in these two domains, the author argues that both sports and dating operate according to fallacious cisheteronormative assumptions that work to ostracize sex/gender-transgressive bodies through three main practices: the exercise of suspicion, the legitimization of inspection, and the criminalization of nondisclosure.

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