As I watched Caster Semenya compete in the 800 meter event at the Olympics, I wondered (like many others) whether she held back to not win the gold. To my completely inexpert eyes, it looked like she did, and deliberately settled for silver.
She insists she didn’t, but if she had, I wouldn’t blame her one bit. After all, winning the 2009 world title led to a huge controversy where her gender was questioned, at length, and she was banned from competing as a woman. She was forced to be public about a very private matter – being intersexed – and suffered endless public humiliation. Why would she go for the gold when this public shaming is the prize?
I thought a great deal about Ms. Semenya when I was reading What’s So Bad About a Boy Wearing A Dress?, a lengthy piece about “gender fluid” children in the New York Times Magazine. I’ve heard mixed responses to the piece – many who feel the piece isn’t fair to girls, as it’s primarily about little boys being “girlish” – and the usual hysteria about how liberals are ruining our children… read the rest at The Uppercase Lowdown (please?).