For Caster Semenya, With Love

By: Moya Bailey, Caitlin Childs, and Mia Mingus

This is an outpouring of love for Caster Semenya. Wrong is not her name. What is wrong is the way she has been treated in global media. As three queer women, we have struggled with our own relationship to the feminine as it has been constructed in mainstream society. As a black woman set adrift in a sea of whiteness, it was hard to see myself as beautiful. My curves and skin color made me unattractive in my world. As a white, feminine woman who is also intersex, I have struggled hard to come to peace with my body. Doctors and the world around me have told me I am defective or have denied my existence entirely. As a disabled Korean adoptee, I grew up as an outsider, rarely seeing people who moved like me or reflected me in my community or in the media. I was constantly told that my body was something that needed to be “fixed;” that it was “wrong;” and that it, that I, was “undesirable.” We engage with each other as comrades, three queer women uniquely shaped by our lived identities and experiences. We were the odd ones out, queered by our bodies, but later we claimed our queerness with fierce intention and pride. Now we choose our difference, embrace what sets us a part from a constrictive mainstream. It is for these reasons that we feel a deep kinship with Caster Semneya. Her story unfolded internationally without her consent and knowledge. We write to right wrongs done to someone whose only crime was daring to be all that she is.

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3 Responses to For Caster Semenya, With Love

  1. jim bradshaw says:

    You disgust me!!!!

  2. alexis says:

    You delight me. ❤

  3. to you three (and all those who feel the same way):please continue to advocate a world in which gender,race,nationality,culture etc are not the criteria for how we see each other. In the current context, I will say that I was fortunate enough to identify as male. But if I were identified intersex, then I would want the world to see me as just that… and be ok with it. The world can be a sad place. Stay strong. Love and Light. Brad

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