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Published:September 11th, 2009 11:49 EST
Is Caster Semenya A Hermaphrodite?

Is Caster Semenya A Hermaphrodite?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"THE controversy over gender row champion runner Caster Semenya deepened today - after reports claimed sex swap tests have shown she is a HERMAPHRODITE.

South African gold-medallist Semenya, 18, has both male and female organs, it was claimed.

And sources close to the International Association of Athletics Federations - who ordered extensive tests on the teen after her amazing 800m win at the World Athletics Championships last month - say the results mean she could still be stripped of her medal.

Semenya is claimed to have NO womb or ovaries - and has internal testes, the male sexual organs which produce testosterone."

Several newspapers including the "The Times" of Australia are reporting that South African runner Caster Semenya is a hermaphrodite. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not release Semenya`s test results until November.

If Semenya is a hermaphrodite, it`s incumbent upon her to tell the world the truth.

An intersex person is under no obligation to reveal his/her unique gender situation to the world. An intersex person is free to take on the gender role that he chooses.

But if Semenya is a hermaphrodite, she should tell the world the truth. She is in a unique situation because if she is an intersex person, competing against women gives her an unfair advantage.

If Semenya is an intersex person she is a fraud and a disgrace to the world of sports, and she should be stripped of all her medals. This is not a case of racism or discrimination against intersex persons, it`s a case of fair play.

Recently I have written a series of articles concerning the rumors that Lady Gaga is a man. I have been criticized for delving into the private life of a celebrity. Lady Gaga`s situation is different from Semenya`s, she`s suspected of being a man, not a hermaphrodite. If Lady Gaga is a man, he is a fraud deserving of our contempt. If a man makes no attempt to fooling people into thinking he`s a woman, but dresses in drag for whatever reasons -- that`s perfectly OK. But it`s not OK to live a lie, and profit from a lie.

Lady Gaga has only herself to blame for the rumors, she`s playing it cute when asked about her gender identity. If Lady Gaga is really a woman she should take the issue seriously, and forcefully deny the rumors.

As for Semenya within a couple of months the world will know the truth, it she`s an intersex person now is the time to come clean.