Embattled Track Star Caster Semenya Gets New Look

From Yahoo! News:

It’s been a week of change for Caster Semenya, the South African runner at the center of a gender controversy at last month’s world track championships.

First, one of her South African coaches quit the team in shame for not telling Semenya that she was being subjected to gender tests. (Semenya had thought she was taking a doping test.) Then, Semenya appeared on the cover of South Africa’s You magazine with a complete makeover designed to silence critics who insist she is a man.

For the shoot Semenya sported a less ambiguous hair style, a designer black dress, jewelry, makeup and nail polish.

I guess you’re not really a woman unless you throw on a dress get your hair and nails done. Can someone please stop the Earth, I want to get off now.

10 Comments

  1. She looks like the lost Williams sister. I am guessing that wearing a dress and makeup and bangles was her choice, and not forced upon her. She probably still won’t do that while she’s running. She just might wear a cup now.

  2. In all fairness, she does look like a man to me.

    Not that it makes any difference, except that I wouldn’t personally date her πŸ˜›

    Oh, and that if she was a man it would be kind of unfair to have her compete on the women’s track.

  3. This one got the Jezebel treatment. You pretty much sum it up.

    I could go on forever about the sexism in sport and sport commentary. Who CARES what a person looks like, just so long as they’re competing at what they love. Has there been any sex testing for any effeminate-looking male athlete? Course not – that would be questioning their manhood. But it’s ok to question womanhood. Gah. Fcuk you human beings out the rear end some days.

  4. PS: it’s moments like this in our history that makes me want to cut all my hair off, and wear “ambiguous” clothes.

    Gah, that word “ambiguous” pisses me off. How about it’s just being QUITE HAPPY WITH WHO YOU ARE.

    Yeah yeah rant rant.

  5. @AmandaNZ – Please don’t forget that it was the women competing against Semenya who initially questioned her gender, and that she was found to have three times the amount of testosterone as the average woman of her age. Unfair sexism? Maybe, maybe not.
    As far as gender testing of effeminate-looking male athletes…did you have anyone in mind?

  6. Hello – lots of women have high levels of testosterone – it causes all kinds of problems, but gender testing is really silly – you have “women” out there who are genetically men but are completely female in their phenotype, you have women with high levels of testosterone, you have men who have low levels – gender can be a fuzzy thing and it is NOT 100% one thing or another! The only testing they should have done on her was for drugs. What the fcuk is the average woman anyway? We won’t even get into looks. Crying Game anyone? Please.

    If she has the majority of the items that make someone female she’s female. If she’s drugging to get her testosterone levels higher then there’s an issue. Sounds like a bunch of sore losers crying foul.

    And honey, no amount of makeup or clothing can change what a person thinks of themselves inside.

    Whew – been while since I spouted off! ;P

  7. “Has there been any sex testing for any effeminate-looking male athlete? Course not – that would be questioning their manhood. But it’s ok to question womanhood. Gah. Fcuk you human beings out the rear end some days.”

    Are we stupid or are we? it’s about sport fairness not about sexism, and this may come as shock to feminazis but male athletes are stronger than females

    I’m sure no professional male athlete would complain if they had to compete against women turned men.

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