In Pamela Scully's article, "The Curious Case of Caster Semenya", she discusses the ways that Semenya is being compared to Sara Baartman, more commonly known as "Hottentot Venus". Scully discusses the ways in which their bodies have become spectacles to be examined due to this obsession with sex in our society. She goes on to say that the reason Semenya's sex is essentially being questioned is because she doesn't fit our version of what a female, what a woman should look like. Because females have been associated with femininity in a certain stereotypical and materialistic way, anyone who doesn't fall into that category must simply just not be female. Scully also mentions society's tendency to turn to science as a "neutral" source, something that can perform tests and prove points without being influenced by prejudices. This assumption that science is a neutral commodity that isn't influenced by culture, however, is false. Scully rightfully argues, "Racial science in it's more overt form is mostly dead and buried", however, the racism and sexism that once existed overtly existed in science are the building blocks for science today.
In her additional article, "The Trials of Caster Semenya", Scully focuses on the aspect of Semenya's race playing into the treatment she'd faced. Scully attributes the ridiculousness of the "gender testing" much to Semenya being Black, again comparing her to Sara Baartman in saying that any body type that is "different" and doesn't fall into the binary must automatically be questioned and frowned upon. Scully reports the support Semenya's family, friends and fellow citizens of her hometown, Limpopo have for her and their essentially calm and collected attitude towards the allegations. They identify Semenya as a "girl" and are unphased by the "possibility of intersex".
Some questions raised from these articles are: Do you think there is an ethic, error-proof way to perform sex verification? Do you think sex verification is necessary? Do you believe people should be allowed to perform against one another, despite sex, eliminating "men's" and "women's" sports?
Also, how do you think the treatment of Semenya would be different if she wasn't such a good athlete, or was not of a minority race?