We decided to share a memo that was sent to all our volunteers at the station. Let us know what you think.
Attn: All Presenters / Producers / Newsteam
11 September 2009
Caution before talking about CASTER SEMENYA on air.
I encourage you to deal with this issue sensitively. We must not ridicule something that is a medical condition or that is based on a leaked, unsubstantiated and unconfirmed report at this time.
Let us not jump into this frenzy created by the mainstream media.
Below is some information on Intersex, but again I remind you that at this time 11/09/2009, 08h00 – it is speculation as whether this even applies to Caster.
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What is intersex?
Intersexuality is a general term that can relate to various conditions. Many intersexed people are born with ambiguous genitalia, or sex organs that are not clearly female or male.
What is the difference between “hermaphrodite” and “intersex”?
“Hermaphrodite” was a term that was commonly used in the past to describe and consequently oppress intersexed people. Illustrations of hermaphrodites usually depicted people that were born half female and half male however intersexed people are not born with two complete sets of genitalia. Many intersexed people are born with ambiguous genitalia, or sex organs that are not clearly female or male. Intersexed is a general term that can relate to various conditions and is now used as the non-discriminatory alternative to “hermaphrodite”.
How common is intersexuality in South Africa?
It is believed that South Africa has more intersexed people than most countries in the world.
Here in South Africa, one person in every 50 has sex organs that doctors think are not typical. This is not really a problem. Think for example of some people, women and men, who have more than one nipple.
In South Africa, it is believed that 1 in 500 people are born intersexed.
How does it happen?
Intersexuality can be caused by a variety of medical syndromes, however, more commonly than not doctors do not know why people are born intersexed.
Source: Intersex SOUTH AFRICA