From the article:
It’s difficult to talk about women in sports without talking about the work of Nancy Hogshead-Makar. She won three gold medals as a swimmer in the 1984 Olympics, and that’s possibly the lesser part of her résumé given what she’s done since. She’s spent decades advocating for equality for women in sports, through her work with the Women’s Sports Foundation and later her own organization, Champion Women. She’s testified before Congress.She’s been profiled by Outside magazine for her work representing young athletes who’ve suffered sex abuse. She’s been quoted in countless national outlets—the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, and here at Deadspin—as an advocate for women in sports.
But for several days on Twitter, Hogshead-Makar has been arguing that South African runner Caster Semenya is not a woman. It began on Sunday, when Hogshead-Makar responded to a tweet about Semenya by saying “We must protect women’s sport for women’s bodies.”
Caster Semenya is a woman. She’s not even a transgender woman. She’s not intersex. She’s just a woman, plain and simple.
I’m horrified that there are people trying to take away her achievements because she has an elevated testosterone level. All star athletes have higher testosterone levels.
There isn’t even a consensus on what elevated testosterone in a woman even means, medically.
This is a personal racist attack on Caster Semenya. It’s a way to cut a winning champion out of her wins because she does not match the white European ideals.
What they have put Semenya through is horrific. Lab tests, physical exams, and constantly questioning if she is really a woman. It’s enough to put me off the Olympics forever.