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Caster Semenya
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The reporting in the media of the furore over Caster Semenya, and her performance in athletics has been depressingly predictable.


This case has, I am sure, helped to boost the circulation of the tabloids, but yet again this has been at the expense of a person’s dignity. Whether or not Caster Semenya should prove to be intersex is not relevant. She has been brought up as a female, and so far as I know is happy to be identified as a woman. The suggesting of having an “unfair advantage” is indicative of prejudice towards someone that is different from the norm. We do not all fit into nice, convenient pigeon holes.
So if Caster is to be in the future excluded from women’s athletics, what is she supposed to do? Is there going to be a third category, for non gender specific athletes? That would actually be quite something, although I am not interested in sport myself, but I seriously doubt that the IAAF could be persuaded to sanction this approach.
The treatment of Caster Semenya Is in very stark contrast to the manner in which Usain Bolt is regarded. How I wonder would he feel, if he were to be excluded from men’s athletics, on the basis that his long legs gave him an unfair advantage?

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Ugh, fully agreed. Did you see the makeover shoot in the tabloids? They femmed her up in tight jeans and slinky shirts because someone decided they needed to make her up into the stereotypical woman for her interview piece. I laugh and cringe to imagine the first people to even bring up the possibility of gender testing her. How could you work up the guts to say, "Uh, um, we don't, uh, think you're really a woman? So we need to, uh, check?" It's all depressing and disgusting, though the notion of having a non gender specific category would be intriguing.

I've seen the makeover photographs, and read bits of the interview. I would imagine that most of the interview was made up.

I hope she does not feel pressured to continue presenting herself in this way. This would imply that there is something wrong with the 'real' Caster.

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