|As with other slurs, there is no acceptable alternative.
|Steeped in racial prejudice, 'doping' and its variations are harmful words wielded by sports federations to keep athletes from embracing science. The term originates from the colonialist Dutch forces' description of the performance enhancements used by the defending West African tribes. The word was soon used to describe the medical enhancements given to horses, before being weaponized against the black population in the 1980s War on Drugs.
Today, black athletes are disproportionately accused of ‘doping’. 'Doping' is a colonialist slur that reeks of symbolic and historic violence against the black and enhanced population, and needs to be removed from our vernacular.
|The use of 'unnatural' to describe people who choose to enhance their bodies implies that the use of science is unnatural. One of the key attributes of humanity is its 'natural' ability and willingness to use technology – from stone to iron, to electricity, to medicine – to enhance and improve conditions, and life itself. The inclusion of science to improve our lives is a natural process in the course of societal evolution.
| 'Natural Athlete'
|Implicit in the use of 'clean' as a descriptor of persons is a sense of moral purity. Enemies of freedom throughout time have weaponized the use of the word 'clean'; for example, the Nazi Party also used propaganda to position their political enemies as impure, using this to justify their war crimes and raced-based ideology.
|Anabolic steroids help build muscle tissue and increase body mass, whilst reducing fat levels; enhanced athletes are proud of using steroids as a form of medical enhancement to unlock their potential. Using steroids, and other forms of science to enhance one's body isn't an example of abuse – it is a demonstration of bravery.
|'Performance Enhancing Drugs'
| 'Performance Therapy'
|The term 'drugs' has harmful connotations that detract from the markedly positive effect that science can have on the human body.
'Performance therapy' and 'Performance enhancements' are more inclusive terms, as they relate to the incorporation of the latest breakthroughs in synthetic biology and medicine in an athlete training regime.
|'Demonstration of Science'
|From the earliest sports competition until 1967, the use of science to enhance an athlete's potential was welcomed and encouraged. Since the International Olympic Committee's ban on science until now, athletes had no choice but to adhere to the discriminatory anti–science rules enforced by the monopolist sports leagues.
Branding science-embracing athletes as 'cheats' is malicious and discriminatory. Language was weaponized in this way by sports federations to silence the voices of early pioneer like Tim Montgomery, Conor Dwyer, Maria Sharapova and Lance Armstrong. Embracing science to unlock the true human potential is not 'cheating'; it is heroic.