Gender Drama on the Track

So – are her looks so masculine as to warrant this attention?

You decide:



18 year old Caster Semenya’s gold medal in tonight’s 800m race at the World Championships in Berlin should have been a proud moment of the South African’s life – but instead it is marred with controversy about her gender.

From The NY Times:

Earlier in the day, I.A.A.F. officials had confirmed that Semenya, a muscular 18-year-old from South Africa competing in her first senior championship, was undergoing sex-determination testing to confirm her eligibility to race as a woman.

Apparently some of her fellow 800m runners were not happy. Elisa Cusma of Italy, who finished sixth, said in a postrace interview with Italian journalists “These kind of people should not run with us,” For me, she’s not a woman. She’s a man.

Mariya Savinova, a Russian who finished fifth, told Russian journalists that she did not believe Semenya would be able to pass a test. “Just look at her,” Savinova said.

7 Responses to “Gender Drama on the Track”

  1. Mitch August 19, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    she’s just an athlete, small framed, strong from her sport. They’re just upset that they lost. Maybe they should all be tested. Boy won’t that upset quite a few of these misguided people.

  2. john August 20, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    i failed, so need an issue- feel like that when i looked italian cusama’s response. should we say, ha ha ha; you failed measablly!

  3. Chris R August 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    She does look very masculine. If I were on a date with her, I’d want to know her sex before taking her home.

    If she did turn out to be a woman, I’d apologize and buy her another drink.

  4. Fresno Divorce Lawyer August 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    I think she is a woman and beside it’s already in the past just give her the medal

  5. Kristin August 21, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Mitch – No, she’s not actually small framed at all, I think that’s part of the point!

    John – learn to spell!

    Chris – why would you ask someone out if you didn’t even know their gender?

    Divorce lawyer – are you stupid?? Yes, it’s in the past, but the girl is only 18, do you think she’ll retire after this one race?! You couldn’t possibly interpret law being this ignorant.

  6. Chris August 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    I feel bad for her, she can’t help her condition and she probably has been mocked all her life. At least she can be finally do something that she can be proud of.

  7. Patricia August 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Chris – I’m with you, I also feel bad for her also.

    That said – she does look pretty masculine, I guess she is so into her training she probably doesn’t care, but a change of hairstyle, touch of lip gloss etc would go far helping her look more feminine….although these things should not matter…they do and might have saved some headaches.

    I also find some of the comments from her fellow runners to be pretty rude.

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