New information on Caster Semenya’s sex testing has been reported by Sports Illustrated, NPR, and the Daily Telegraph. Read the numerous comments made in regards to the question posed in the Daily Telegraph “Should Semenya be stripped of her gold medal?” here (at posting time there were 229 comments). The South African government is criticizing the IAAF for what it calls a “violation of human rights” and its handling of the case.
I am hopeful that real and meaningful dialogue about sex, gender, gender expression, and sport performance will occur as a result of Semenya’s public ordeal. Perhaps it will enlighten the public that sex and gender are continuums–not the male-female/masculine-feminine binaries to which most subscribe and perpetuate. What person or governing body should decide who competes where and under what criteria?
(picture by MIT OCW)