A Zimbabwean athlete receives a 3 1/2-year prison sentence for masquerading as a female athlete (emphasis mine):
Samukeliso Sithole — a triple jumper and runner who competed as a woman at several international sports events — was convicted on charges of impersonation and offending the dignity of a woman athlete who undressed in his presence, unaware he was a man.
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Sithole told the court at his first appearance that he had both female and male organs and that he lived as a woman after consulting a traditional healer. A medical examination showed that he was a man.
Two things jump out at me from this story. One has to do with the "crimes" that Sithole committed: impersonation and offending a woman's dignity. The first seems a little arbitrary to me — though I am not a lawyer, I believe that the crime of impersonation usually involves actually appropriating someone else's identity for personal gain. In this case, Sithole assumed a gender, not an individual identity. The purported offence of dignity is an extension of that gender role, not some Peeping Samukeliso trying to get a glimpse of women in segregated shower rooms.
Not only am I not a lawyer, but I am not a diviner of bullshit either. Nonetheless, let us assume for a moment that Sithole is telling the truth about being both male and female, and that a traditional healer advised that he should henceforth live as a woman. Then we have another example in which modern medical-scientific practice trumps traditional medicine, exposing yet again how the high performance athletic body is discursively constructed and subsequently policed.