Thursday, September 10, 2009

Amidst the Hermaphrodite Runner Controversy, Everyone Fails to Recognize Gender Bias in Sports

Mystery solved.

The Sun reports that "South African gold-medallist [Caster] Semenya, 18, has both male and female organs, it was claimed."

The row over Semenya's biology has caused huge divisions — with South African politicians calling slurs she is a man "racist and sexist." Her birth certificate has the teen listed as female and urine tests showed that, despite her having higher than average male hormone levels, they are within the official limits for a woman.

The real issue being ignored is the fact that for all the outcry over social issues regarding equality, we still live in a segregated society in which women are not deemed worthy/skillful enough to compete against men. Women are being forced to compete separate from men because we view them as biologically inferior. That's simply wrong.

How do we expect our country to acknowledge same-sex marriage if we won't even allow men and women to run against one another? What's next? Mandating that men and women shower in separate locker rooms?

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