Stupid Tests

Posted by – September 24, 2009

In an article detailing how some of Ms. Semenya’s people knew there might be something up about her gender, a CNN article blithely describes the history of gender testing:

The process of gender verification has undergone big changes since it was first introduced for international competition in the 1960s, the IAAF said.

The first mechanism involved “rather crude and perhaps humiliating physical examinations,” which soon gave way to mouth swabs to collect chromosomes.

There were too many uncertainties with mouth swabs, so the IAAF abandoned them in 1991 and the International Olympic Committee discontinued them in 2000.

A proper test has yet to be found, the IAAF said, and the current tests are considered a good interim solution.

Apparently it’s not at all a good interim solution, if an athlete that just won a race is now on suicide watch. Well done, assholes.

3 Comments on Stupid Tests

  1. Don’t hold back now Helen! :P

    ~~Autumn~~

  2. kiri says:

    A New York Times column (tinyurl.com/ntc2ch) quotes a South African magazine.

    “God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I’m proud of myself,” she said in an interview with South African magazine You, shortly after her record-setting race.

    I hope that version is accurate.

  3. SusanK says:

    I agree, don’t hold back, but (that pesky word we easily use) the IAAF didn’t make her suicidal, that’s her. I agree she’s been mistreated, especially when they knew before she left that questions could arise if she got attention and especially win. Well, it happened, so everyone has to accept blame.

    Let’s not forget that any athletic organization takes notice when an athlete, of any sex or gender, comes out of nowhere to not only win convincingly but set records. She bettered the 800-meter world record by 2.5 seconds. That’s a sign something about her is different. They had little choice then and after serveral athletes complained except do thorough tests.

    So far the tests indicate she wasn’t necessarily born female but some form of intersex condition which is mostly but not significantly male. Should she be allowed to compete with women? Yes, if she follows the same rules transgender female athletes do. Then any races she wins or records she sets is hers and recognizable.

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