Gender Row Runner Semenya Placed On Suicide Watch

by VR Sreeraman on  September 14, 2009 at 5:54 PM Celebrity Health News   - G J E 4
 Gender Row Runner Semenya Placed On Suicide Watch
South African runner Caster Semenya, who is at the center of a gender row, has been placed on suicide watch amid fears for her mental stability.

The Daily Star quoted officials as saying that psychologists are caring the 18-year-old round-the- clock after it was claimed tests had proved she was a hermaphrodite.

Leaked details of the probe by the ­International Association of ­Athletics Federations showed the 800m starlet had male and female sex organs - but no womb.

Lawmaker Butana Komphela, chair of South Africa's sports committee, was quoted as saying: "She is like a raped person. She is afraid of herself and does not want anyone near her. If she commits suicide, it will be on all our heads. The best we can do is protect her and look out for her during this trying time."

South African athletics officials confirmed Semenya is now receiving trauma counselling at the University of Pretoria.

Caster has not competed since the World Athletics Championships last month when the IAAF ordered gender tests on her amid claims she might be male.

Source: ANI

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I think that most of the blame should be placed on her coaches and trainers. All athletes that compete at a professional level are thouroughly examined by physicians to make sure that they are healthy enough to compete. They knew, but all that they wanted was to ride her coat tails to fame and glory. She did not know any better, only what the adults told her. She has been training since she was a young child. Her family may not have known, but I am sure that those who train her knew. I'm also pretty sure that the South African government knew. When will they be held accountable?
real-enough Saturday, September 26, 2009
That is a shame, but Caster is Intersex and it would be unfair to all female athletes if Caster were to continue competing against female athletes with the benefits of male gonads and high testosterone levels.

Intersex is not a bad thing and does not mean Caster is broken, it just means that she is in between the Male and Female sex and we should start considering adding Intersex competition to address this issue and to be fair to Intersex people who shouldn't have to hide their identity.

guest Wednesday, September 23, 2009
You shouldnt be suprised that anyone didnt most women wouldnt know if they were missing a uterus unless sonogram proved so nor would you know whether or not you have abnormalties. We all assume that we are anatomically correct.
dollD Monday, September 21, 2009
Caster Semenya should not be placed on trial — it's our society's outmoded perspective on gender that's due for an overhaul. That race for equality won't be won until we're all free to safely cross the finish line together.
shawnsyms Monday, September 21, 2009
If Caster goes on estrogen replacement therapy and has the internal testes removed (which should be, because they can become cancerous) then I cannot see any reason why she cannot continue her sporting career. She would then be no different to any other female-identified XY individual. There are post-transition females, identified male at birth who compete in womens sport. Renee Richards the tennis player was one, the famous golfer we heard about recently in the news another.

But you are right Trinity, it is not up to any of us how Caster proceeds with this news. She can live any way she chooses as a person.

davidhtom Thursday, September 17, 2009
She's intersexed, people. And there's not one damned thing wrong with that. We're always trying to fit people into a narrow gender box. Not only are people physically born out of this dichotomous gender conceptualization, they are also emotionally and mentally born out of the dichotomy (or come to this place). She can choose to be and live how she wants.
jaxxx Thursday, September 17, 2009
So Caster becomes the poster boy of the "new" South Africa. A country that once led the world in medical and transplant science - now incapable of providing the most basic medical investigation (an ultrasound) to a young person clearly showing signs of abnormal development. Instead they knowingly parade her on the world stage with the puerile hope that the world would be duped. What idiots. Like the leader Zuma believing a shower could prevent his Aids after raping a young woman. What a travesty - for a country to attain a pretense of social morality at the cost of a total loss of leadership intelligence and integrity. Welcome to the Union of Zimbabwe.
lucas1 Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am surprised that her pediatrician and parents didn't know. To let this girl grow up and not tell her was cruel. I don't think she knew. What made it worst was for her to learn this obvious secret before the world.
By the way for those of us that remember the scandals of the East Germans, it was only in recent years that these female athletes revealed that they did not know about the drugs. They thought they were being given vitamins. Many times countries keep secrets to to win medals.

BRK72 Thursday, September 17, 2009
This absolutely makes me sad. Not just sad for Semenya but sad for our society. She was raised as a girl and she is a girl. She worked hard to win the championship, she deserves. I wonder if another person who had both sex organs and was raised as a male, then won the World Athletics Championship; would they be subject to the same ordeal? Or would it be okay since they have a male sex organ? Just let her be and reward her for her hard work, do not make her feel like she did something wrong because she was born with the male and female sex organs. Arrgh. I am so frustrated with this injustice.
hanlee Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It is not uncommon for female athletes to not menstruate, due to the unusual amounts of exercise and physical stress placed on their bodies. And many female athletes have naturally occurring higher-than-normal levels of testosterone, which can contribute to what makes them exceptional athletes in the first place. Semenya's condition includes hormone-inhibitors, which in essence keeps testosterone from taking over as the dominant hormone, meaning while she does have some physical development more typically associated with males, she does not have all the athletic advantages associated with males.
biscuit Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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