Caster Semenya – Sex and Sports

In all the recent media attention around the sex and gender of Caster Semenya, I have found very little that raises the issue of how competitive sport reinforces the normalization of a sex binary. This linked article, “The persecution of Caster Semenya — sport and intersex people’s rights”,  goes beyond pointing this out and calls for an end to sex testing in sport. It further proposes a radical reorganization of competitive sport. “Perhaps it would be more realistic to stop segregating athletes according to gender at all. Perhaps athletes should be graded according to [factors of training, muscle strength, length of legs] as weight lifters are divided by body weight.”

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