Caster Semenya

(South Africa): Who Decides Who’s Female and Why?

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It’s been a while since the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but we wanted to amplify and celebrate a voice the world missed in Japan. 2x Olympic gold medalist and 3x World Champion runner, Caster Semenya was barred from competing in her events because of her higher than ‘normal’ testosterone levels. Caster was legally blocked by the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) from competing unless she changed her natural body via hormone shots, surgery, or birth control pills. She didn’t.

“YOU CANNOT CONTROL HOW PEOPLE ARE BORN. YOU CANNOT CONTROL HOW SOMEONE’S BODY OPERATES.”

In this episode, Caster shares her triumphs and challenges, and opens up about what this journey has been like for her. Just three days ago the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated that testosterone will not determine sex eligibility in future Games, but as we know, Tokyo has come and gone. That said, as Caster selflessly says, “This is about the future, the young ones”.

Caster, you deeply inspire us with your courage, strength, and determination. Thank you for trusting us to tell your story.

Contributing experts include:

  • Jennifer Bird (Sue’s Sister)
  • Coach Dawn Staley (Sue’s Former Teammate & Coach, Hall of Famer & Head Coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks)
  • Marina Mabrey (Professional Basketball Player, Dallas Wings)-Zoe & Alex Bird (Sue’s Nieces)

Audio included from the following sources:

  • Women Hooping’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird Hits Final Shot In New York To Clinch Win, Crowd Gives Standing Ovation Saluting Her Career’
  • WNBA’s YouTube Channel: ‘Best Of Sue Bird’s 3,000 Assists’
  • WCNC’s YouTube Channel: ‘Tokyo Olympics | Sue Bird’
  • Uninterrupted Love Is Manifesto from uninterrupted.com/loveis
  • CNN’s YouTube Channel: ‘WNBA players strike balance between athletics and activism’
  • 60 Minutes’ YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird on going public with her relationship with Megan Rapinoe’
  • March Madness’ YouTube Channel: ‘Best of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi in the Final Four for UConn’
  • ESPN’s YouTube Channel: ‘Marina Mabrey drops CAREER-HIGH 31 PTS as Dallas Wings clinch playoff berth! | WNBA on ESPN’
  • Seattle Storm Official’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird | Press Conference | Sue Announces Retirement’

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