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Caster Semenya to return to sport after gender controversy

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  1. Dean_Buchanan 8 Jul 2010, 12:26pm

    If the athletics fails she can always specialise in ball games.

  2. How bizare this would come out now – I was just thinking about what happened to this lady the other day and what the results were! Now we know. I hope this means people will now leave her alone and let her compete in peace.

  3. “the IAAF will reportedly not release any more details of her results.” – I should flippin well hope not!!

  4. there are some nasty people posting here pink news admin you have a responsibility to ensure that posters are legit it not all about hits

  5. Jo Proctor 15 Jul 2010, 9:39pm

    It would be a help if this fiasco were not so misrepresented! I don’t mean to be picky but a whole kind of human being is simply written out of existence by conflating sex with gender.

    1. If you want to conduct a gender test you will need to observe the way an individual assimilates themselves and functions in the cultural and social milieu they have been raised in. Does she or he adopt the male or female clothing, role and social expectations of their particular culture and/or religion? Gender is learned and, for females can vary widely – for example, as between the burka on one hand, or the bikini on the other. It is quite possible to change gender without changing sex. As a consequence gender is not a reliable indicator of sex.

    2. If you want to find out what sex an individual is (conduct a sex test) you will need to examine their biological make-up. That is not as simple as it seems. You might, for example, believe that sex can be determined simply by examining an individual’s chromosomes: xx = female or xy= male. However, in the case of complete androgen insensitivity (CAIS) it is perfectly possible for a female baby to born with xy chromosomes. Partial androgen insensitivity (PAIS) can create degrees of physical femaleness and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) in a developing foetus may just as easily result in a male with xx chromosomes. There are even rare examples of females with xy chromosomes carrying a pregnancy to term and giving natural birth, or in the case of children, having that reproductive potential to do so.


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