Leave Caster Semenya Alone Already

While Caster Semenya is a bionic athlete, we must remember that she’s also a teenager.  A teenager living in a country that is the rape capital of the world and very unkind to its women. Imagine this: President Jacob Zuma was accused and later acquitted of rape—surprised?—saying that he knew she was HIV positive but made sure to take a good shower after sex so as not to catch “the  Monster.” Semenya seems, by all reports, to be painfully shy. And she’s someone that, in fact, didn’t ask to be put on international blast like our homegrown youngsters (See the Blog Below). The 800 meter World Champion has been put on suicide watch after being treated to humiliating tests, courtesy IAAF, that ultimately proved she has both male and female genitalia.

Lawmaker Butana Komphela, chair of South Africa’s sports committee, was quoted as saying: “She is like a raped person. She is afraid of herself and does not want anyone near her. If she commits suicide, it will be on all our heads. The best we can do is protect her and look out for her during this trying time. [full story]”

Earlier today, The Sun also detailed how Semenya was “tricked” into taking a gender test, having to undergo a series of gender tests which included having her private parts photographed. Disgusting.

Last week, the issue of her gender row even moved  Zuma’s to declare the violation of her rights.

Back off already.

Comments 1

  1. I share the outrage at the humiliation Caster has to endure, but let’s be clear: the South African Athletics Association (ASA [Athletics South Africa]) is completely to blame for this travesty, and they are trying to pass this blame to the IAAF. I get the feeling the IAAF is being extremely diplomatic, fearing a race-row, in not responding directly to the ASA, and all credit to them. Our minister of sport and the head of the ASA were not only aware of Caster’s tests, but in fact commisioned them under false pretenses, and are now trying to construct a feeble accusation of racism to divert attention from their own ignorance and arrogance. The IAAF conducted themselves as best they could under the circumstances.

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