By now, you have heard of the case of South African runner Caster Semenya whose sex has come under scrutiny. Semenya totally dusted the competition in the women's 800m race and improved her time to the point that she must prove she's female.
Semenya's family and countrymen are outraged but why? This young woman appears to be a pawn in this controversy.
Hello, Semenya looks masculine. From all accounts she has looked masculine and demonstrated masculine behavior most of her life. Why, in heaven's name would athletic officials allow the 18 year-old to be subjected to such humiliation surrounding her latest win without resolving the sex issue much earlier? It's just not right.
Jokes have been made about this situation but it's not funny when a shy 18 year-old from a third world country is at the center of the controversy. Who knows how this will turn out and the psychological effect on the teenager?
Semenya wanted to boycott the medal ceremony because of the publicity. She should be rejoicing because she's victorious; but she's not.
Regardless of the tests to prove sex, that is an issue that is not black or white but very gray. Let's chill out and let this process play out.
Last question: Would Semenya's sex be an issue had she not won? Let's keep Caster Semenya in our prayers regardless the outcome. No one deserves this humiliation about their sex.