Caster Semenya, a South African middle distance runner, won the World Championship in the 800m run in 2009. Following the championship, Semenya was required to undergo gender testing. Tests showed that Semenya has no ovaries or uterus, and has internal testes that produce extra amounts of testosterone; Semenya was unaware of these findings prior to the tests. Supporters of Semenya have put forth that she has nothing more than a birth defect and should be treated as such. This issue has sparked controversy as to how sexual development disorders should be treated in sports. The most popular solution is that whatever gender a person is raised as and believes them self to be should be the accepted gender. So for example, since Semenya was raised as a female, and believes herself to be one, she should be able to participate in female competition. This has been the predominant way of thinking since the championship controversy, and will most likely be the accepted practice as gender testing is on the decline in athletics. What do you think about this issue?
Gender Testing in Sports
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