A South African runner, Caster Semenya, 18, is being forced to prove that she is, indeed, a young woman and not "a man," as her detractors allege.
Semenya, whose athletic performance recently improved greatly and who, it seems, was a tomboy as she grew up in an impoverished rural village, enduring taunts and other discrimination as she transgressed what the Guardian newspaper describes as "the rigid gender roles of South Africa's traditional rural communities."
So, our culture's gender roles - as aptly illustrated by this situation - are less rigid than those primitive black people's, are they? Unfortunately, I don't have time to go into that right now.
The Guardian article reads, in part:
The father of a women's world champion athlete today angrily denied accusations that the teenager was secretly born a man, insisting: "She is my little girl." Caster Semenya, 18, is undergoing a gender test to prove she is female after beating her rivals by a huge margin to win the gold medal in the world championship 800 metres in Berlin.
Family, friends and teachers at her home in South Africa recalled how Semenya played football with boys, wore trousers instead of skirts and endured teasing by her peers. But all asserted that she is definitely a woman.