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September 10, 2009


Now, it's really funny because I made a comment on my Facebook a couple of weeks ago because I thought it was ironic that someone with the name "Caster" (as in "caster-ated) "Semen-YAH!" would have to essentially oblige a sex test based on their gender ambiguity. For those who haven't heard about it yet, this runner who's been kicking ass to and fro in ways not seen since a 1970's USSR "women's" teams, had to prove to the cheese that be that she was, indeed, a female. So, it comes back today and it's a yes/no situation and even though they've alerted the media, they apparantly haven't had the time to notify Ms Semenyes, which is pretty rude and wrong...but typical. Anyway, they have classified her as a "hermaphrodite", which is technically incorrect as Ms Semenyes does NOT have a "Ga-Ga" present, rather she has female outies and internal male testes innies for which the apprpriate term is "Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome" or "testicular feminization". Aside from the large, meaty hands, big teeth and prominent Adam's apple, most of the women who suffer from this syndrome typically discover the problem when seeking explanation for infertility. So, the cheese that be has declared that they can't strip her of the medal as they can't prove that she has cheated and they find themselves in an "ethical quandry" and think perhaps they may award a second gold medal to the second place finisher. Interesting. So...what? Everytime she races, they just make an extra medal? Seriously? Here's the thing. I sympathize with the fact that it's plausible that she was raised a girl, but if her "ability" in sport (which can be influenced by levels of testerone), gives her an unfair advantage, you can't let her compete. It sucks when someone has worked hard for something that something beyond their control limits them, but at the same time, why would she want to win given that she has an unfair advantage? What about the other women who have trained just as hard and have just as much of a dream...it's like the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer joins a child's karate class and claims that they are all at the same level, it's a technical "yes", but a "not really". I guess if they are going to let her compete, then they should let the other competitors take steroids to even the balance. At the end of the day, we all just want to see how fast those fuckers can run anyway. :)