When I was growing up, I was often the only girl playing with a group of guys. If I didn't run fast enough, it's because I was a girl. If I couldn't catch the football, it's cause I was a girl. If I couldn't hit the baseball with the bat, it's cause I was a girl. As I got older I began to argue that my inability to succeed at sports was more a result of my lack of practice and hand-eye coordination, and not based on the fact that I have ovaries and menstruate every 28-30 days.So it didn't surprise me when (okay actually it did, cause it's 2009) Caster Semenya's gender identity was brought into question when she improved her 800m personal best by 7 seconds in less than 9 months. Was it hard work and diligent training? Possibly. The use of performance enhancing drugs? Perhaps. Is it possible she's not actually a female? Let's explore this further. This sounds like the most likely explanation. The title of this category is misleading because I don't think the improvement of a race time makes her less than a woman. I would assume she's a hardworking athlete. But leave it to our patriarchal world to question a woman's athletic success.
It's tough being a woman in this world. A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the perils facing women and girls around the world. This list is in no way in a ranked order, but it highlights some of the dangers facing women around the world. Don't worry this isn't just a depressing list of tragic situations around the world that will make you feel guilty about complaining about how long it took to get your iced mocha latte. With each item is also listed things you can do to help alleviate the situation for women and girls. And sometimes, it's as simple as just knowing the problem exists in the first place.
Exploitation of women's bodies
Ridiculous standards of beauty
Not being woman enough