Look Like a Lady, Run Like a Man…

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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…

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“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!

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10 Responses to Look Like a Lady, Run Like a Man…

  1. curvy queen says:

    can she sue for this foolishness?

  2. ghettoManga says:

    this would be hilarious if it was a movie. as a real-life occurrence, not so much.

  3. Martine says:

    Caster is biologically more male than female. Not his fault but the other runners have been cheated. Really shouldn’t be allowed to compete as a woman anymore.

    Also I’m fairly certain it was an Italian runner and the British press that started questioning Caster’s gender. But nice trying to pin everything bad that happens on the US. (I’m Canadian even!)

  4. Charles says:

    Has America bullied her to conform to what we believe a woman “should” look like?

    “Should”? Sorry, this isn’t about “should” (long hair, skirts, soft features), and more about “does” (body fat percentage, pelvic shape, muscle mass, bone structure). Women are built differently than men. That’s what their testing. The makeover was for marketing, something pretty much all athletes have to deal with.

    I also like how you managed to blame American racism and sexism for this, when it’s actually about a woman who is built like a man:

    “The 18-year-old South African champ has no womb or ovaries and her testosterone levels are more than three times higher than those of a normal female, according to reports…

    According to a source with knowledge of the IAAF tests, Semenya has internal testes – the male sexual organs that produce testosterone.”

    Not Caster’s fault, but it is unfair to the other competitors, and the question has to be addressed.

  5. Sarah says:

    Actually, I think there is more than just “American” values to blame. The issue of gender hits much closer to home for Semenya than anything America might have to say about the issue: here’s a good article.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/11/30/091130fa_fact_levy?currentPage=all

  6. student says:

    I agree whole heartedly with your argument. Caster should be allowed to simply live, to compete, to dress how she wants, live how she wants, and it is horrible that “Caster’s first experience competing outside of Africa choked full of controversy, humiliation, sexism and drama”. However, why you blame America, I have no idea. The competition was in Berlin, the IAAF is who demanded tests, the South African Athletic association is who tested her, and YOU MAGAZINE is a South African publication. Not an American one. So I agree with your main point, but I have no idea why you seem to Blame all this on America when they have no involvement in the issue whatsoever (well, except perhaps for the excellent article that was published in the New Yorker – which is nothing but supportive.) Sexism and Imagism is a worldwide problem, no need to blame the USA, which, as a country is pretty supportive of those who DONT want to wear a dress (thanks Ellen Degeneres :)…

  7. Irishb says:

    She is a he! Studies have shown that a tell tale way to determine if a person posing as a women is really a guy is to look at the fingers. In women the ring finger and index are typically the same length, however in males the index finger is usually shorter. If you look at the picture where he/she is all dressed up, you can clearly see that the index finger on the right hand is much shorter than the ring finger.

    Now let see how fast it is when it races other males.

  8. Portitas says:

    “Studies have shown that a tell tale way to determine if a person posing as a women is really a guy is to look at the fingers. In women the ring finger and index are typically the same length, however in males the index finger is usually shorter.”

    What studies are these? I have a feeling that amongst all of the scrutiny this person has had to endure, finger comparison isn’t on the list.

  9. esta says:

    Irishb, that argument is ridiculous. My index finger is quite a bit shorter than my ring finger, and I am definitely female!!!

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