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Caster Semenya Is The Man?

by | 19th, August 2009
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semenya ATHLETICZZzzzzz has been enlivened by South African Caster Semenya, favourite to win the women’s 800m at the World Athletics Championships and facing accusations that she is a man.

Semenya. Is this suspicion rooted in nominative determinism, where a person’s makeup is shaped by their name? Semen-ya.

There would be an easy way to tell. Female athletes wear bikini briefs. But Semanya sports an elongated Bermuda brief. Is that bulge muscle, a handkerchief stuffed into a pocket or is she dressing to left or to the right?

Semenya’s people have been forced on the defensive:

[Coach Michael Seme] added that when they stopped at a petrol station in Cape Town recently and Semenya entered the female toilets, the petrol attendants prevented her from doing so because they were convinced she was a man.

“Caster just laughed and asked if they would like her to take off her pants to show them she was a woman,” said Seme.

7718421 Molatelo Malehopo, general manager of Athletics South Africa, says:

“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.”

So no need for gender testing?

“We have not started testing and we have no plans to do.”

And what is gender testing? The Mail knows:

The well-placed source said Semenya would be subjected to a complex process of gender testing which could take several weeks.

How complex can it be?


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