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Caster Semanaya – Updated

September 12, 2009

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Gold medal winner in the the women’s 800 meters at the world track and field championships in Berlin in August 2009.

Vicitim of a disgusting campaign of overt racism and sexism.

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Two wrongs don’t often make a right, but it only seems fair that the medical records of all scum staff of The Sydney Daily Telegraph be published, and no, I am not linking to them.

Shame on anybody for publishing and repeating private medical details of Caster Semanaya whether they be confirmed or not.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean permalink
    September 12, 2009 20:45

    The crux of this story is that this athlete is being persecuted for being good her profession . How many other cases of gender dispute have there been where the accused of being a) male and b) a cheat? The fitness levels of modern athletes – especially black athletes – has blurred the gender lines in terms of performance. But again would this even be a story if the accused was a) White b) female? If she is indeed hermaphrodytic then she is entitled to our sympathy and understanding and not this kangarroo court where the only real issue is that the powers that be don’t like it when marginalised sub-groups gain success at the expense of larger groups who are not so naturally gifted and /or trained as less marginalsed groups.

    To underline would this be a story if this was a White, male athlete?

  2. September 12, 2009 21:07

    Santhi Soundarajan 2006
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/The-sad-story-of-Santhi-Soundarajan/articleshow/1109135.cms

    Plenty of Eastern European examples.

    The fitness levels of modern athletes – especially black athletes – has blurred the gender lines in terms of performance

    Not sure what you mean by this but it sounds a little racist to me.

    The crux of this story is that male/female divides aren’t as fixed as many people would like to believe.

  3. Sean permalink
    September 13, 2009 01:06

    I didn’t mean to sound racist; my comment about the gender difference was merely to illustrate how physical prowess at this level such as speed and strength has become almost indivisible between gender. You’re as likely to see a six pack on a woman athlete these days as you are a man.

    And there’s little argument against the fact that sprint racing is dominated by black athletes. Next time you see 100 or 200 metre final, play spot the White man and you’ll see what I mean.

    Apologies that neither point above really addresses your original post, but I still feel they’re worth pointing out nonetheless.

  4. September 13, 2009 01:24

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