I’m almost positive you’ve heard all the controversy about 18-year old South African athlete Caster Semenya who was ordered to undergo sex-verification tests after winning last month’s 800m final at the World Athletics Championships. You see, sista girl won the gold medal in Berlin in 1 minute 55.45 seconds (the best in the world for 2009) beating Janeth Jepkosgei, the defending champion, by 2.45 seconds. I mean, no waaaaay could an African woman do that right? *side-eye*
But I digress…
Anyway, the aforementioned “tests” necessary to determine the gender of an athlete are described as “an extremely complex procedure” involving medics, scientists, gynecologists (geesh) and psychologists, the outcome of which is not expected for several weeks.
Question: Albeit we can all agree Caster Semenya truly does look MUCH more feminine since her makeover which debuted in “You” magazine, but do you believe it was something she was “forced” to do? Has America bullied her to conform to what we believe a woman “should” look like? Why should Caster have to step outside her comfort zone just to pacify those who live in that box? I mean, was the gender test NOT enough?!
Now she is quoted as saying:
“I’d like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance”
but does she REALLY have a choice? Sound off…
“God made me the way I am and I accept myself.” – C. Semenya
PS: By the way, thanks, America for making Caster’s first experience competing outside of Africa choked full of controversy, humiliation, sexism and drama. Yep, land of the free & home of the brave, you rock!