Just a few months ago, Santhi Soundarajan was the butt of late night jokes on American TV and the subject of outraged editorials in Indian newspapers as the Indian woman athlete who failed a gender test.
While details are scarce and confusing, news reports have it that Soundarajan, who won the silver in the women’s 800 metre event for India at the Asian Games in Doha last year, failed a routine test carried out by a team of doctors (including a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist and internal medicine specialist). Their consensus? Soundarajan “does not possess the sexual characteristics” necessary to qualify as a female of the species.
Or maybe they just saw an Indian win a medal in a sporting event and thought, Now what’s wrong with this picture? Hey, don’t hate on me – I’m just pointing out what you already know.
Published – September 2007
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