[h=2] Kuna rafiki yangu kanitumia hii article: Sextesting, head-covering, outing, unisex crying, flowers and more [/h] Just a few mid-term up-dates on gender issues at the Olympics 2012 First of all on the issue of sex-testing : while experts debate the usefulness and propriety of the testosterone test Sex-Verification Policy Is Criticized as a Failure / Women's Rights in the News / News & Analysis / Home - AWID one Russian woman cyclist has already failed the test and been sent home Russian cyclist test dope-positive — RT One of the traditional targets of the testosterone police is the South African athlete Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya - The New York Times who carried the flag for her team at the opening and will be appearing in the womens 400 meters race .Various reports find her looking more feminine than previously and speculate on treatment she may have been taking in order to qualify Caster Semenya And The IOC The IOC insists that it is important to detect (and correct) the increasing numbers of intersex athletes who have an unfair advantage if they compete in womens sports. Would it not be a good idea, as gendercentric has already proposed, to have more events organized according to previous performance rather than gender? Olympic Game-Changers? With advances in prosthetics there are already discussions about the possibility eventually of merging some Olympic with the Para-Olympic events; surely it should be possible already for the similarly- abled regardless of gender to compete in the same event. Just for the record, the figure of openly gay and lesbian athletes at Olympic 2012 is 22 compared with 10 in Bejing. http://www.awid.org/layout/set/print/News-Analysis/Women-s-Rights-in-theNews2/S . Karen Hultzer the South African archer outed herself as the twentysecond Karen Hultzer, South African Olympic Archer, Comes Out As Lesbian The dress and appearance of women athletes appears to draw the usual unnecessary amount of attention from the media and the blogosphere particularly that of Zoe Smith, the British weightlifter accused of being unfeminine, Zoe Smith takes on everyone - Salon.com ; and the beach volleyball team who are either over- or under-dressed depending on the weather and your point of view. The African American gymnast Gabby Douglas was criticised for her un-straightened hair but congratulated by Oprah anyway so thats alright then. We would suggest that some of the mens outfits such as those of the Australian cyclists appear to be channelling in effect the Borat mankini though this has not drawn media attention or comment. Three countries sent women to the Olympics for the first time Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrein Olympic Game-Changers? and two of them have been sighted; the sprinter Noor Al Malki of Qatar, and in judo Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani of Saudi Arabia. Both were allowed to perform with heads covered though that had been in doubt until the last moment. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither athlete hit the medals table but both were firsts by demonstrating very powerfully the old adage that it is not the winning but the taking part that counts First Saudi woman fighting on Olympic mat — RT and will hopefully light the way for others to follow. Both men and women medal winners of all nationalities cried copiously but the latter coped better with their posies. Inaelekea Olympics hii ina mambo kweli!Kwa kifupi : Wachezaji wa kike walio gay na waliojionyesha waziwazi wameongezeka kutoka 10 Olympics iliyofanyika Beijing hadi 22 Upimaji wa kiwango cha hormones za kiume kwa wanawake umewagharimu wachezaji wa kike na kuwafanya washindwe kuingia kwenye kinyang'anyiro.Angalau Caster Semenya hakukumbwa na dhahama safari hii!Hivi kama mwanamke ana kiwango kikubwa ni kosa lake au ni maumbile? Fundisho kubwa pia ni kwamba mashindano haya...kuonekana ni muhimu hata kama hutapata medali hata moja!