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Female athlete disqualified for having 3 times higher testosterone levels than most women

Did Vox intentionally mislead their audience?

On Wednesday's episode of " Pseudo-Intellectual," host Lauren Chen discussed Vox's misleading story about Caster Semenya, the 28-year-old from South Africa disqualified from women's track and field for having "high testosterone."

Vox claimed that Semenya, a middle-distance runner, was unfairly disqualified from competing against women for having high testosterone levels. However, the story left a "small" detail left out: Semenya was not trans; she was intersex. Although she was born with the typical male XY chromosome pattern, she was legally classified as female at birth and has identified as female her whole life.

The Telegraph reported that doctors tested only Semenya's testosterone level, which was three times higher than the average woman.

According to Chen, "It would have been one thing to disqualify a trans woman. However, the fact that Semenya is intersex complicated the situation and called for a more in-depth conversation about the reasons for Semenya's disqualification.

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