Saturday, August 22, 2009

caster semenya vaziyeti

on sekiz yasinda bir kadin 800 metreyi ne kadar hizli kosabilir?
kadin mi erkek mi test edelim hemen. sahi bir insanin kadinligi nasil test edilir? kim hangi kistasa gore karar verir?
gecen gunlerde berlin'de dunya rekoru kiran caster semenya'nin kadinligindan suphe ediliyormus. hani diger kadinlara haksizlik olmasin diye canim. test edeceklermis. kadinligini. kirdigi rekoru hakedip haketmedigine boyle karar vereceklermis. otoriteler.
buyrun okuyun hikayeyi. siddetin binbir turlusu var. kategorilemeden rahat etmeyen fallikmerkezci dilin kategorilere girmeyen insanlara uyguladigi siddetin.

"But how do you test someone’s gender?

This could be simple, assuming that the tester and tested speak the same language: we are the gender we claim. Ms Semenya has lived her life as a girl, then a woman, and she enters women’s athletics events. But her answer has been dismissed as unreliable.

What people really want to question is whether her sex is male or female, not her gender. Our sex is in our chromosomes, not our genitals, height, muscles, appetites or mental agility. Although lay people believe chromosomes offer conclusive answers, many scientists tell us that XX and XY are only part of the picture, that even biological sex has many grey areas.

Gender is a social category that does not necessarily correspond to sex. Our gender is everywhere, except our chromosomes. But there was a time when scientists thought that our DNA and other biological information determined who we were. Many of us would like to think that science has moved beyond this fact, but has it?

The Caster Semenya saga is an old, familiar story: a young South African woman on the world stage for prodding, genital and other testing by a band of scientists in Europe in order to determine whether she is this or that, or if indeed she is a separate category altogether. It was exceptionally cold over Sarah Bartmann’s Eastern Cape this late August week, and she must have shivered from horror at the de ja vu.

Listening to the increasingly bizarre discussions on the super-achieving Semenya, my mind drifted to tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, who endured endless questions about her gender identity and sexual preference even as she was at the top of Wimbledon. The Williams sisters are scrutinised similarly two decades later. They all look too strong and muscular to be women. And I paused on Eudy Simelane, star footballer, who was prodded to death by a different band of men."

Tartismaya tabii soyle bir kol da eklenmis. Eski kusak feministlerden Germaine Greer Guardian'da konuyla ilgili kisa bir not atmis, oldukca belirsiz, hani soyle satirlar iceriyor:

"Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women's names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn't polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man's delusion that he is female."

Hemen de bir cevap gelmis transfobik okumasina:

Greer’s piece is a perfect example. After reading it over several times, I honestly haven’t the slightest clue what her overall argument is. One moment she seems to rightly accept that a person who understands herself as a woman and identifies as a woman is a woman, and the next she is mocking and undgendering women who don’t meet her own personal, cis-supremacist standards. I don’t know what she ultimately thinks about Caster Semenya, but I do know blatant, unapologetic transphobia when I see it screaming out at me from the page.


daha devam eder bu tartisma

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