When the private becomes so very public: The case of Caster Semenya

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  1. philipsmith says:

    Caster Semenya’s gender seems to be a hot topic academically. See a the latest post on our sister site: http://socialpsychologyeye.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/gender-bias-in-track-and-chess/

  2. kiyallsmith says:

    This a saddening case. I appreciated Michael Johnson’s call for the IAFF to keep such testing private in the future. To make assumptions about Semenya’s abilities and her behavior so unabashedly shows the continued existence of a gendered hierarchy in the international sporting community.

    This case might also point to the false dichotomy of “gender” which is being challenged more broadly in social institutions.

    While it will surely (unfairly) challenge Semenya and her family, is it possible that this case might force a move forward for gender equality–for all–in sports?


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