Caster Semenya is not unique but is an extremely unusual case in that she has physical characteristics specific to both sexes, an undeveloped penis (i.e. like an infant male’s,) internalised testicles, and the bodily physique of a man, according to a medical report which a close friend of mine who is a senior doctor specilalising in endocrine problems has discussed with me. The same document says Semenya has a vagina but no womb and ovaries. Biologically she is truly of indeterminate sex. It is unfortunate she happens to be a gifted athlete, in most other walks of life she would be regarded as a rather masculine woman.

One has to feel sympathy for her in the circumstances, but her case is a world away from those of biological males who have tried to claim the right to compete professionally in womens’ sports on the basis that they ‘feel’ they are women despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

We must be careful that we do not let the virtue signalling left, in their eagerness to ensure the world is ‘fair’ to transgender people, railroad us into being desperately unfair to the vast majority of women athletes.

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