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karnythia posts on the outrage that is the current media treatment of Caster Semenya, including linking to a report that Semenya is under suicide watch.

This is how the human race deals with difference: stigma, humiliation and exposure to the point that the subject under scrutiny self-destructs. That way we can tell ourselves that we didn't actually murder anyone. Even though we do. Every day.

Edit: Just to clarify, as karnythia writes: "Between the misogyny and the racism and the privilege and the sheer entitlement on display this is one of those areas where intersectionality cuts to the bone and then beyond." This is a specific violation of human decency being undertaken by a specific segment of human society. Saying that this is how the "human race" deals with difference glosses over the reality that not everyone in the world is complicit with what is going on. I haven't followed the story closely because as soon as I read about the leak of her test results I knew that this was going to result in a particularly vicious display of gendered and racialized violence thinly defended as the media's "right to report"; because this sort of thing is not conducive to my own will to live, I don't go out of my way to expose myself to every single story. But one doesn't have to do that to know the basic outline of how she is being treated. That segment of heteronormativity that polices gender is not a universal human construct no matter how much the current brokers of globalized culture would have us believe that it is; nor are the racism and misogyny which karnythia pegs as its co-conspirators in this case. I think it is extremely important to consider exactly which cultural center(s) anchor this particular "outing" and subsequent feeding frenzy.

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daisydumont
Sep. 16th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
i've felt so bad for her and for her family. this must be like a nightmare to them.
ticktockmary
Sep. 16th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
This whole thing makes me cringe for her.
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