Sex and Gender, in Sports and Beyond

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Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Caster Semenya

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 03: Caster Semenya of South Africa prepares before the start of the women's 400m during the Yellow Pages Interprovincial final from Bellville Athletics Track on March 03, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Sex was why South African 800m runner and Olympic gold contender Caster Semenya was arguably the world’s most talked-about athlete a few years ago. Was she really female, or male? In 2010, after extensive medical testing, the International Association of Athletics Federations cleared Semenya to continue competing in women’s races, and this summer, she may well take first place at the 2012 London Olympics. Winning gold would be a singular victory on the track. Would it have other meaning outside the stadium? On Wednesday, August 1st, KPCC’s Oscar Garza talked about sex and gender in sports and outside the realm of athletics. Along with guests Jennifer Doyle (Professor of English, UC Riverside), Cyd Zeigler, Jr. (Co-founder,, and Patricia Nell Warren (author, The Front Runner) the audience talked about intersex runner Semenya’s story, and explore how men’s/women’s categories in sport are reflected in our social and cultural categories in everyday life.

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