Dear Castor Semenya,
You are a beautiful human being. Commentators from the sports association and the media are airing your private matters without giving you the respect and dignity you deserve. After strictly forbidding you from taking unnatural supplements to improve your racing skills, the same system may now try to require you take unnatural supplements to reduce your racing skills. That is preposterous and you deserve better.
No matter what their official findings are, no one can take away the fact that you have honed your body with more discipline and success than your critics will ever hope to achieve. You have earned your place as one of the world's great runners the only way that is possible - by making sacrifices in your life that most of us can not imagine.
Too bad there's no gender test for sports commentators. As the UK Guardian pointed out:
"There are around 46 different types of 'intersex' conditions that can result in individuals having both male and female characteristics .... There are four ways of determining sex .... The problem is that they can be at odds with one another. .... 'It's very complex area,' .... As many as one in 3,000 are born with some kind of intersex disorder."
That means that many of us have scientifically detectable variations from the two main gender categories. Even among those who have more polar physical bodies, many Americans pride themselves on defining their own gender without regard to their bodies through their choices and behaviors. For some people to act like there are only two clear genders among us in this day and age is neanderthal thinking.
We hope that your country does sue the IAAF and win so the IAAF learns its lesson. And we hope that the UN acts with outrage after considering the complaint filed by your government.
It's cool that you chose to participate in the YOU Magazine makeover. You showed the world that you are one of the most gorgeous and graceful women alive today.
Ms. Semenya, you serve as a role model for young women around the globe. Please stay above the small-minded rude people. Don't let them get you down! Americans from Texas to Indiana are reaching out with support. You deserve to be able to compete in the sport of your choice with your natural Goddess-given body. We will be watching your career closely and rooting for you as energetically as we possibly can, and we hope that you find open-hearted love and support everywhere you go.