Friday, August 21, 2009

I Get Around (and Around and Around...)

Howdy, ducks! Sorry no posts recently...I plead being busy writing this bit about Caster Semenya for the Guardian's Comment Is Free section!

And while a sex test sounds benign enough, it won't be anything as simple as a DNA test – as Meloncye McAfee points out, there are a variety of conditions that can lead to a man having two X chromosomes, or a woman having a Y chromosome. No: Semenya will not only have her DNA checked, her urine and blood sampled and her genitals examined, but will even be required to have an interview with a psychologist – hopefully to help her get over the trauma of having all these tests done in a media fishbowl.

The irony is that had she not been born female, she could compete perfectly legally.

The rest of the article can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Excellent piece over on CIF - heard about it via twitter (are you on there?). Think I've seen your posts on Cath's blog too :) The way that Semenya is being treated by both the athletic authorities as well as the meedja in some circles is just appalling.