Sports is one of the most high-profile areas in modern life where sexual divisions are rigidly enforced. She only recently asserted her girly side on the cover of a magazine.
Where else would a person’s unconventional gender expression be seen as an “unfair advantage" and lead to such a public testing? More tragically, though, it’s likely she had no idea about her sexual condition before today.
Callahan also argues that we should stop categorizing people as purely male and purely female, and that sex, like height and eye color, should be considered on a spectrum instead of a dichotomy.
But if youve only just managed to get your head around the idea of two cowboys sharing a saddle, then hang on to your Stetson because things are about to get even more complicated. Such are the conundrums presented to Berlin film goers this week -- in the form of up-close-and-personal looks at hermaphrodites, sex-change patients, transsexuals and all the gendernauts in between.“A gender test cannot take away from you who you are.” Copyright © 2017 Salon Media Group, Inc. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon Media Group Inc.Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Today the story of Caster Semenya, the South-African sprinter who’s been at the center of a gender controversy since her surprising win at the World Athletics Championships, has taken a heart-wrenching turn.
After doubts emerged that Semenya was really a woman – prompted by her ambiguous appearance, and tests showing elevated testosterone levels -- she was tested (possibly without her consent) by the IAAF.If you thought "Brokeback Mountain" was pushing the gender envelope, check out the films being shown at the Berlin International Film Festival this month.