It’s all over the net right now… Caster Semenya a sprinter who has won races, set records, and battled some personal health issues in the past is being asked to prove her gender.
Obviously (?) it wouldn’t be fair if she won races if she was a he… she(he) would need to compete with men not women.
Well, ok. But why is there any doubt as to her gender?
From what I can read, she suddenly “burst on the scene” and started kicking the snot out of her previous times. She also is highly muscled. One (Just one) report listed her as having been seen with facial hair.
Enough to raise doubts? Enough to start rumors? Sure.
Enough to keep her from competing? Thankfully no. She was (is… hard to tell with the time differences) allowed to compete… but she is also being asked to undergo physical, psychological, and genetic testing to prove her gender. No word yet about if her medals would be striped if she was found to be a he.
Here’s the thing… no one is crying fraud. No one wants to take her medals away or keep her out of the races… so why is it even an issue? Have we become so quick to accuse people of wrong doing, of cheating, that we can’t simple appreciate her for who she is?
I just think it is highly offensive to tell a highly muscled athlete who might have some facial hair that she doesn’t appear to be female. She isn’t the only woman out there with facial hair… not by a long shot. She isn’t the only woman with a highly developed muscled body. Is she the only one who has increased her abilities quickly?
No one is talking drugs or other enhancements… no. Instead they are attacking her gender… and apparently, the tests will take weeks to finish.
So, we along with Caster, must wait.