Back in the 1960's, controversies in women's sports caused them to introduce mandatory gender tests in the Olympics. It was based on the idea that some of the female athletes were doing so well that they might be men in disguise. It has long been considered a barbaric, humiliating, and sexist practice that was ended in the mid-nineties. I agreed...until I stumbled across the story of Caster Semenya, a gold medal-winning South African track runner. After questions over her appearance triggered a gender test, it was revealed that secret gender testing before the race revealed she's actually a hermaphrodite. The sad part, to me, is that this kind of thing will make it harder for legitimate women who excel in women's sports.
Even sadder? The makeover they gave Semenya before the tests came out to make "her" look more feminine. This picture is supposed to make us stop questioning the gender? Yeesh. It makes Semenya look like a drag queen.