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The Australian: Wendy Zukerman on “Sport’s gender bender question”

The Australian: Wendy Zukerman on “Sport’s gender bender question”

Wendy Zukerman writes a disappointing article on the Caster Semenya case, using contentious and salacious language in The Australian. Editorial notes The insulting language includes the “gender bending” of the title, and and goes on to use contentious language like hermaphrodites and pseudo-hermaphrodites. To really put intersex in our place and to remind us who…
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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…
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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),…
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Sally Gross in The Times (South Africa): “Sex typing is fuzzy science”

Sally Gross in The Times (South Africa): “Sex typing is fuzzy science”

Sally Gross of Intersex South Africa writes: Caster Semenya’s situation strikes powerful chords in my personal experience. About 15 years ago, the determination that I am intersexed pulled my life comprehensively apart. It brought a brutal end to my career as an academic pedagogue and teacher of philosophy and it killed an almost completed doctoral…
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