Female or Male That is the Question.


I know Colin has already touched on this topic but when I read the article about Intersexuality, this was the first thing that popped into my mind because I remember hearing about how big of a deal it was.  I found a video where it explained what was going on.  Basically the runner from South Africa, Caster Semenya was being questioned if she was a boy or a girl.  The man in the video explains that 1 out of 1600 people are born with both men and women chromosomes. 

            Caster is only 18 years old.  The IAAF asked if she could undergo gender testing because they were unsure if she met the requirements to run as a girl.  At the age of 18 Caster should not have to be dealing with these issues.  The man in the video discusses how the Olympic judges only have two categories of man and woman because they don’t want to talk about other types of people. 

            One thing that bothers me the most is the fact that this is not her first race and she doesn’t deserve to all of a sudden be picked on about whether she is a male or a female.  Why are we even questioning her? Just let her race.  It is a very sensitive topic because of society.  We have such stigmas about gender.  At age 18 people are trying to find themselves as a person whether it is in life or in gender.  They shouldn’t have to worry about something like this.  It is so sad that Caster is an amazing athlete already at the age of 18 and she is dealing with issues like these.  She does look more manly than womanly but I do not think this should matter. 

            When a baby is born with both chromosomes don’t know what is going on with their bodies.  I think parents should wait until the child is a little bit older and they can see which direction their body is going to make a decision. I think it is so hard for parents to make decisions like these because of the fact that society has such a large stigma.


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