Author: Jo Proctor

Caster Semenya: Official mismanagement and media confusion

Yesterday reportage on the participation of South Africa’s 800m women’s world champion, Caster Semenya, in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games was confused. Britain’s Guardian carried two contrasting stories in its online edition. Tubby Reddy, the chief executive of South Africa’s Olympic Committee, confirmed tonight that the 800m world champion was not fit enough to make…
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BJOG: “Service users’ experiences of obtaining and giving information about disorders of sex development”

Many intersex people have problems getting information about past medical procedures they have been subjected to. It is not unusual for medical practitioners and other self-appointed stake-holders assume complaints about the routine concealment of historical interventions are only made by activists and troublemakers. It makes the complaints easy to dismiss. This study of a significant…
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Opinion by Jo Proctor: Neo-eugenics and its war against human biological diversity

Neo-eugenics or ‘new eugenics’ is the term given to modern medicine’s rapidly evolving biotechnological ability to identify and terminate a raft of congenital variations at increasingly early stages of fetal development. On June 30th, OII published an abstract originating from Lille University in France. The paper, published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology – http://www.jpurol.com/article/S1477-5131%2810%2900200-7/abstract…
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Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

If the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) terse three sentence statement, issued on the sixth of July, is anything to go by, the organization is determined to close down any further discussion of the Caster Semenya debacle. This was issued following two ‘false starts’ from the IAAF – one in May 2010 and the second…
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