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Caster Semenya: Official mismanagement and media confusion

Yesterday reportage on the participation of South Africa’s 800m women’s world champion, Caster Semenya, in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games was confused. Britain’s Guardian carried two contrasting stories in its online edition. Tubby Reddy, the chief executive of South Africa’s Olympic Committee, confirmed tonight that the 800m world champion was not fit enough to make her return to major competition. “Caster has…

Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

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 that they had…

Opinion by 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…

Judith Butler in London Review Blog, “Wise Distinctions”, on Caster Semenya

Judith Butler in London Review Blog, “Wise Distinctions”, on Caster Semenya

Judith Butler writes in the London Review Blog, in an essay titled “Wise Distinctions”, on Caster Semenya: …The whole debate also elides the condition of intersex. We might say as well that the institution of world sports rests upon a certain denial of intersex as a persistent dimension of human morphology, genetics and endocrinology. What would happen if the IAAF or any other world sports organisation decided that it needed…

The Guardian: “Caster Semenya returns to the track in triumph after year in limbo”

The Guardian: “Caster Semenya returns to the track in triumph after year in limbo”

Caster Semenya returns to the track! The Guardian reports: A young athlete who last year won a gold medal in the women’s 800m at the World Championships in Berlin before her career was thrown into limbo when questions were asked about her sex, last night made a triumphant return to the track after an enforced 11-month absence. Caster Semenya made her long-awaited return at a small athletics meeting in Lappeenranta, Finland in what was…

Cary Costello: “Caster Semenya – An Intersex Perspective”

Cary Costello: “Caster Semenya – An Intersex Perspective”

Intersex person and sociology professor Cary Costello writes about the Caster Semenya case: … Here’s an irony for you. According to Western medical practice, the majority of infants discovered to be intersex are assigned female. This is done for surgical convenience (it being considered easier to remove an “inappropriate” penis than create an “appropriate” one), and due to a covert assumption about gender…