Caster Semenya carried the flag for South Africa, following three years of hardship. Caster was banned from competing in 2009 after doubts were raised about her gender. She was allowed to race again in 2011, and qualified for the London games. She’s a favourite to win the women’s 800m race.
It’s great to see her back in competition, and being chosen to carry her nation’s flag. Go Caster!
(n.b. Track and field authorities questioned Semenya’s sex, not her gender.)
I was so psyched to see Caster Semenya hold the flag for South Africa. But I remain concerned about the IOC trying to define femaleness by testosterone level. As Jordan-Young points out, “If it’s unfair to have testosterone levels higher than other athletes, why not limit men’s levels, too?”
“You can’t just lump everything into two categories and then deny everything else.”
Because instantly alienating a huge chunk of your demographic through offensive humour is the best way to sell soda pop. (x)
hank and john are two of my faaaaaaavorite youtubers. i plan to give them humongo hugs at vidcon in a few weeks X)
love the blue, boo
gives you a nice “i’m comfortable with my gender” look
with some fabulous “i’m about to freeze to death” undertones
gender=how we feel about, see, and express ourselves
sex=genitals, chromosomes, hormones
transgender & cisgender!
“Pairing men with femininity is seen as like an insult, like you’re lowering yourself. Yet women doing masculinity - not an insult to women. I think it’s safe to say that there might even be some fear of the feminine. I’ve heard this phenomenon referred to in some circles as femmephobia. So this aversion to the feminine in marketing and products is one of the outcomes of femmephobia. Another outcome is that anytime someone who is perceived as a man is aligning with anything feminine-y - it is perceived as a direct threat to Mr. Manly Man’s masculinity. You can be aggressive, you can be intolerant, you can be hateful; but don’t dare wear a dress. Or so comes, ‘you’re a fag,’ ‘you’re a pussy,’ and the violence.” - Laci Green
from Sex+: Men & Femininity
settin the record straight