Thank you so much Dave, Sherry and fellow readers for your sensitive and thoughtful comments on the case of Caster Semenya. I also appreciated the follow-up on how well she has been treated in her home town/country and the background information about the attempts to fight homophobia in South Africa. I agree with many of the letter-writers that it is a complex issue and may not be resolved simply by outlawing sex testing. I also believe that anyone who thinks we can discuss (women's) athletics without touching on sexism, homophobia and gender issues is not paying attention.
Of course there must be rules in sports, but we must always look at these rules with a critical eye, as they have developed within a system that has repeatedly been marred by discrimination.
Sex and gender are indeed two different concepts and I am so glad Dave and Sherry and their readers are keeping us thinking about these issues. My heart also goes out to women like Caster and her fellow athletes who continually have to fight against our society's outdated stereotypes.
Aug 27 2009 - 4:02pm