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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

…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 woman, born with a variation of sex characteristics, seeking to compete in the sex category she was assigned at birth. She first came to public attention in 2009, criticised by some competitors and media for her appearance and failure to conform to wester…

Jo Proctor

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

…ne, Secret of Semenya’s sex stripped bare! “The world champion 800m runner Caster Semenya has been revealed to have male and female sexual organs…. Medical reports indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone,” declared journalist Jacquelin Magnay. This was one of the few times the word ‘intersex’ was used in relation to the athlete’s alleged intersex state. But putting that is…

Gina Wilson

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

…equal footing to him in matters of relativity. Relativity, an interesting concept when intersex versus normal is considered. Ms Semenya, I never knew you and I have little doubt that neither does nearly every person who has speculated on your life. The Caster Semenya that lives in the brains of most is the invention of the individual doing the speculating and if that Caster Semenya is a monster and a freak then that monster resides entirely inside…

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”

…rm hermaphrodite, although some intersex people reclaim the term. It’s not generally appropriate (nor scientifically correct) for news media to use a term that many intersex people find demeaning. If the IAAF is so desperately keen to know what Ms Semenya’s gender is, why do they not simply ask her if she is a woman or a man? We find the idea that the IAAF may require Ms Semenya to undergo surgery to remove possible internal testes in order for he…

London Olympics by Farrukh, CC by NC 2.0

Reporting on the Olympics

…stralian Olympian Madeleine Pape, writing for SBS on “Why I now stand with Caster Semenya”, August 2016. An article by Michelle Griffin in The Age, “Sex testing in sport: How athlete Madeleine Pape came to champion Caster Semenya”, that quotes Madeleine Pape. In recent days, three clinicians with involvement in IOC policies on sex testing women athletes, have also made a statement against sex testing and indiscriminate public scrutiny, in “The Oly…

Intersex people in sport

Intersex people and sport

…tion to Caster Semenya in 2009. It has never been confirmed whether or not Caster Semenya has an intersex variation, but this media attention has created a climate of fear and suspicion that harms all people born with intersex variations. Shockingly, in 2013, it was reported that several women athletes had been subjected to gonadectomies (i.e. sterilisation) and clitoral reduction surgeries as part of a process intended to facilitate their partici…

Caster Semenya

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

…to question. It’s an excellent documentary, with extensive interviews with Caster, her family, representatives of sporting bodies, and others. It’s highly recommended. Sadly, the issues about Caster’s ability to run remain contentious, and the IOC and IAAF have introduced a deeply flawed sex test in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Take a look at some recent articles on the issue via the OII Australia site, and a wider international set of repor…

Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

…not gone away. Over the last decade, it has gotten bigger and uglier. What Caster Semenya is being put through is a Joan of Arc type inquisition over gender. And now the IOC wants to do it to a lot of other women. The experts insist that they aren’t being “unfair” — that they’re only concerned about “athlete health.” They said that these “disordered” athletes should be allowed to compete…but only if they agree to treatment. In other words, women’s…

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….

Intersex people in sport

We welcome UN Human Rights Council resolution on sport

…edical intervention. The regulations have been suspended pending a case by Caster Semenya before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The resolution is ground-breaking. It is the first resolution on the rights of (some) intersex persons, in this case women born with variations of sex characteristics, using the medicalised language of the IAAF regulations on women with “differences of sex development” and androgen sensitivity. It also explicitly ref…

Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson: Sexism is the Issue with the IOC

…r the general population beyond what is within normal variability. Mokgadi Caster Semenya did not break the world record. Will they test the world record holder for excess testosterone levels? Generally intersex have a distinct disadvantage because of their physical differences. If Ms Semenya has AIS – Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome – or PAIS – Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome – as is sometimes supposed then her body will react less to tes…

Payoshni Mitra, Dutee Chand and Katrina Karkazis in Lausanne

Dutee can run!

…ement referencing the exclusion of women perceived to be intersex, such as Caster Semenya, but it’s not clear that the organisers, nor the Commonwealth Games Pride House, issued any statement on the matter. Congratulations and thanks to Dutee, for taking the risk of protesting IAAF policy. Thank you also to Katrina Karkazis, Payoshni Mitra and Santhi Soundarajan. You’re all heroes. More information The Court of Arbitration statement and judgement:…