Scary stories from a lovely place
This week Caster Semenya arrived home in Gauteng after winning gold at the athletics in Berlin, Germany. Caster has been widely scrutinised and criticised while her gender was called into question and tested after she broke the world record for the 200m running race. Tests have since come back positive, yes she is indeed a woman.
This week I have felt the outrage shared by many, how dare she have to undergo medical testing to confirm her gender. Should every woman in the world who doesn’t have blonde hair, a tiny waist and cleavage be subjected to similar treatment? That would provide some justice for Caster, but would only serve to perpetuate this stupid concept of women’s beauty. I for one can only dream of sporting her amazing abs and arm muscles, I’m working on it but I doubt I will ever have as glorious a body as she does.
Before you stop reading because I am starting to get on my feminist pony, consider for a moment the injustice of all of this. She won a gold medal at a world athletics competition. Years of training and hard effort were rewarded. She’s poor. She grew up without all the luxuries that the girl from the UK, who won the silver medal, would have taken for granted (and indeed that I took for granted). But this insurmountable victory was overshadowed by the stupidity and myopia of the Western media, who control the world’s information.
Why don’t they test the gender of particularly dainty male jockeys? No one is calling their gender into question. Why is it that the folly of the world is played out upon the body and emotions of a young woman from northern Pretoria? Everyone should be ashamed of themselves. I am starting to sound a bit like Julius Malema, the leader of the ANC Youth League. Malema’s famously sloppy mouth was at work again today when he shouted at the rally celebrating Caster’s return; “where are all the white people? If it was rugby they would be here!”
The absolute converse of Malema’s dumb words came from his president, Jacob Zuma who eloquently praised Caster, called for a reiteration of human rights and dignity for all persons and just generally treated the whole matter with grave seriousness. Kudos to you JZ. Now if only you could solve the nationwide postal strike, Caster would receive all of her fan mail, and I would get August’s edition of the Monthly magazine that I am anxiously awaiting.