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She’s a Man, Man, or is She? *(UPDATED)*

caster-semenya-pic-getty-489275065Remember Caster Semenya, the mannish-looking South African sprinter who caused a controversy that led to her being gender tested after winning the 800 m gold at the World Athletic Championships? Well, the test results are IN!

The good news is that Caster IS a woman; the bad news is that she is ALSO a dude. According to the results, Semenya doesn’t have a womb or ovaries but does have internal testes. With the revelations that she is a hermaphrodite, track officials are unsure of their next step, do these tests mean she should be stripped of her medals? Does this change nothing?

According to a source at the IAAF, who ordered the tests in the first place:

Everything is going to have to be done absolutely by the book, no question of a challenge to our findings. There’s all sorts of scans you do. This is why it’s complicated. In the past you used to do a gynaecological exam, blood test, chromosome test, whatever. That’s why the findings were challenged, because it’s not quite so simple. So what they do now is they do everything, and then they can say look, not only has she got this, she’s got that and the other. The problem for us is to avoid it being an issue now which is very personal: of the organs being a hermaphrodite, of not being a ‘real’ woman. It’s very dramatic.

Despite having higher hormone levels than normal, Semenya is still within the official limits for a woman. As well, her birth certificate and her family both claim her as woman.

This whole experience has ruined at least one thing for me, I used to think sex tests sounded like FUN, now I’m disillusioned.

[The Sun]


She’s a Man, Man, Or is She?

article-1207653-0613853E000005DC-238_233x659Featuring a super-muscular body, South African teenager Caster Semenya is the favorite to win the gold in the 800 meter race at the World Athletics Championships tomorrow. However, she’s also having to fight against the IAAF, the world racing authorities who made her take a gender test 3 weeks ago and are awaiting the results.

Molatelo Malehopo, general manager of Athletics South Africa, disputes the accusations: “She is a female. We are completely sure about that and we wouldn’t have entered her into the female competition if we had any doubts. We have not been absent-minded, we are very sure of her gender. We are aware of the claims that have been made but our aim at the moment is to prepare Caster for the race this evening.”

I am most shocked by the fact that a gender test takes longer than 3 weeks. Can’t the racing officals just sneak a peek the next time she showers?

Michael Seme, one of her coaches told South Africa’s News24 website: “We understand that people will ask questions because she looks like a man. It’s a natural reaction and it’s only human to be curious. People probably have the right to ask such questions if they are in doubt. ‘But I can give you the telephone numbers of her room-mates in Berlin. They have already seen she has nothing to hide.”

Sounds like she and the roommates have been having some FUN!

[Daily Mail]

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