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Caster Semenya Male/Female Controversy Continues

South African Caster Semenya

This past Wednesday, the IAAF announced that Caster Semenya is “still undergoing gender tests,” which means that one of the most talked-about stories in all of sport, since it first made headlines at the World Championships in Berlin, is still without an ending, happy or otherwise. That it is taking months to come up with a solution is a vivid illustration of the complexity of a controversy that, in the end, will have no winners.

According to Jill Geer, if the calls for sex-testing Semenya were due to something beyond just how she looks or sounds, to include knowledge of events or discussions that went on prior to Berlin, that’s another circumstance entirely.

Semenya’s gender questioned

Semenya is almost universally, and rightly, considered to be an innocent in this who has been wronged by those around her, most of whom, it must be noted, seem to have external male genitalia. But an obvious mistake that Semenya did make came in Berlin. After winning the 800 in impressive fashion, she crossed the finish line and flexed her muscles. Maybe it was an act of defiance and of wanting to explode gender codes. But if it was her hope that people would focus on her running and not the headlines, it was a colossal error in judgment, according to Geer.

South Africa’s 800m sensation, Caster Semenya, has been under scrutiny due to amazing victory in Berlin World Championships, on the grounds that the IAAF had conducted tests on her to establish her sex, and that she might be male.

Four months later the IAAF has not established any firm proof that Semenya is a male, although she has gone through numerous test.

There have been rumors that she will be allowed to keep her gold medal from Berlin, but that she will be banned from future competition because she test unusually high for testosterone.

November 22, 2009 - Posted by | Profiles | , ,


  1. I think that Caster Semenya looks like exactly what she is a female teenage girl who has discipline and respect for her body. It is difficult enough growing up and being a teenager. But, to accuse someone of being a gender other than what they purport and believe themselves to be, because another person believes that this person does not fit their image of a female. To me, I believe that media production is nothing more than a distraction to keep Caster from winning. As the past has shown, you can get a few idiots to go along with this cruel and meanspired plan and the next thing it is all over the media as truth.

    I pray that she wins any and all competitions.

    What an awful thing to do to such a beautiful, talented teenage girl.

    Like everything else, that people do without empathy or conscious, it is all about $$$.

    Comment by Eveeeeeeeeeeeeeee | July 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I admire her courage and I urge her to continue and win more.

    Comment by FRANKLIN | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. That’s rubbish for god sake

    Comment by robert | April 14, 2011 | Reply

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