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"The unrelenting gaze 1978-2019", an image by South African art collective xcollektiv

CAS decision on Caster Semenya: This is what injustice looks like

“The unrelenting gaze 1789-2019”, an image by South African art collective xcollektiv comparing the treatment of Caster Semenya to the treatment of Sara Baartman, a subject of medical display in Europe born in 1789. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has issued a press release outlining a majority decision against Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa in their case with the IAAF. Caster Semenya is a Black South African cisgender…

Jo Proctor

Jo Proctor: “Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle”

Photo: Karin. If the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) terse three sentence statement, issued on the sixth of July, is anything to go by, the organization is determined to close down any further discussion of the Caster Semenya debacle. This was issued following two ‘false starts’ from the IAAF – one in May 2010 and the second a month later on June 10. Both of these were cancelled when the IAAF revealed…

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson: “Ms Semenya, I Never Knew You”

The events surrounding the gold medal run by Ms Caster Semenya in August of this year have created a perfect storm of speculation around intersex. I know little about Ms Semenya save that she has, by winning a gold medal, brought the full force of sex binary enforcement and intersexphobia down on her apparently unsuitable shoulders. The word most frequently used to describe her outstanding abilities and differences is hermaphrodite. This is not…

London Telegraph: “IAAF offers to pay for Caster Semenya’s gender surgery if she fails verification test”

London Telegraph: “IAAF offers to pay for Caster Semenya’s gender surgery if she fails verification test”

Disturbing news in the London Telegraph: The International Association of Athletics Federations has offered to pay Caster Semenya’s medical expenses should she require gender surgery or other treatment to continue competing as a woman. The IAAF is still awaiting the final results of the gender verification test carried out on the South African teenager during the World Championships in Berlin in August… If that is confirmed by the…

London Olympics by Farrukh, CC by NC 2.0

Reporting on the Olympics

Photo by Farrukh of the aquatic centre, London Olympics. CC by NC 2.0 via Flickr. Much of the reporting on some women athletes participating in the Rio Olympics is insupportable. It makes assumptions about their bodies, sex, gender identity and expressions that is deeply concerning. Much reporting fails to acknowledge the lack of scientific evidence for body policing by sporting institutions, and the deep personal cost of such assumptions,…

Intersex people in sport

Intersex people and sport

What is the issue? Intersex people suffer exclusion and stigmatisation in sport. This takes multiple forms. On a day-to-date level, the most significant issue faced by intersex people in sport settings is body shaming, and the idea that our bodies are too masculine or too feminine.   This is one of a series of briefing papers on discrimination, stigma and policy in specific settings: In workplaces In education In detention In sport…

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Maxx Ginnane’s documentary on Caster Semenya aired on SBS Australia this evening, and is still available on demand for 15 days. The documentary tracks the difficult time leading up to a decision by the IAAF on whether she could run again after she was suspended once her sex was called into question. It’s an excellent documentary, with extensive interviews with Caster, her family, representatives of sporting bodies, and others….

Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

Opinion piece by Patricia Nell Warren, reprinted with kind permission from the author. While the IAAF has been backing and filling on the Caster Semenya case, many of us have been waiting for the IOC shoe to drop. Yesterday the shoe dropped. In Miami Beach, a panel of so-called “experts” convened by the IOC and the IAAF has announced from their imperial heights, “Athletes who identify themselves as female but have medical disorders that give…

OII Australia congratulates Caster Semenya on her Olympic medal

OII Australia congratulates Caster Semenya on her Olympic medal

…We don’t know if Caster Semenya is an intersex woman or not. Despite numerous statements in the local press, we are not aware of any official public disclosure regarding her status. Nevertheless, she has faced salacious enquiry and humiliation as if she is. We salute her strength in the face of adversity, and congratulate her on her Olympic medal for the women’s 800m in London….

London Times: “Caster Semenya and the middle sex”

London Times: “Caster Semenya and the middle sex”

Sophia, a British member of OII is quoted in this story in the London Times. She is doubly qualified to comment on intersex in the media – Sophia is a geneticist. … Britain is the first to base treatment on the assumption that it should be acceptable for boys and girls to look far from “normal”. That doctors may be better off doing nothing to “fix” the kind of confusing genitals that incite laddish, locker-room bullying. This…

Intersex people in sport

We welcome UN Human Rights Council resolution on sport

Overnight in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council adopted without a vote a resolution on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls in sport. The resolution responds to the situation of Caster Semenya, a cisgender women, born with a variation of sex characteristics, who is the target of 2018 IAAF regulations. Those regulations aim to restrict competition by women with some specified variations of sex characteristics in four…

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson: Sexism is the Issue with the IOC

THE issue with the IOC – International Olympic Committee – is sexism and every woman should be outraged. Why? Physical advantage Every gold medallist since the beginning of the modern Olympics, and most likely those in the old Olympics has a physical advantage over his competitors. The underlying prejudice in the current situation is that ‘male’ physical advantage is acceptable within the sex binary paradigm, even a…