Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gender vs Sex

There are few things that bother me more than the misuse of the word 'gender'. It's ignorant, and it's gag inducing. Understanding 'gender' is not like studying the theories of quantum physics. Everybody can understand the idea of 'gender', the problem is, not everyone will accept it. If you don't like gender fucking, don't do it, but there's no justifying the oppression of people who are gender variant.

The IAAF has given new meaning to the term "governing body." The organization, which oversees track and field internationally, has asked the South African athletics federation to conduct a gender verification exam on the nation's running sensation, Caster Semenya, who Wednesday won the 800-meter event at the World Championships in Berlin. Results won't be available for several weeks, apparently because gender verification has become much more intricate than it was in 1968, when the International Olympic Committee first called for such tests.

Read more:
IAAF asks South Africa to conduct gender verification test on rising track star Caster Semenya

Family speaks out in support of South African track star Caster Semenya as gender questions surface

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