It will takes weeks to determine her "gender"...
(Tim, w/thanks to David Wegener) The story's lead line is: "A day after winning her first 800-meter world title amid a gender-test controversy, the father of South African teenager Caster Semenya dismissed speculation his daughter is not a woman."
So they're going to test her. How? Again, the story reports:
The gynecologist, endocrinologist, and internal medicine specialist I understand, but the psychologist? The "expert on gender?"
What in the world?
Well, I guess we should have known when the talk was about gender--not sex. As I've tried to say, but found few hearers, gender is always a social construct, whereas sex is body parts. So where will they end of up on this one?
Likely the psychologist and gender expert will break the tie.
With tongue firmly in cheek, our track and field correspondent, David Wegener, writes:
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I was a bit worried when I read this story. So I called up my friend, Gwen, and he said, "this is a medical issue." That made me feel a little better.
But there was still this gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach. Thankfully, Herman wrote me on Facebook, "how could anyone think this is even possibly a matter of cheating?" She continued, "the South African coach has complete confidence in his 800-meter runner." Whew! Full assurance was near.
Finally Sid left me a voicemail: "They've got a gender expert on the case. We can all sleep well tonight." That sealed the deal.
South African teen wins 800 amid gender-test flap
Here's the money quote: