Views analysis article 1: Step 1

By Danielle Armour


  1. The topic or subject area  of the views-journalism items you are proposing to deal with in your 1st written assignment


The topic I have chosen comes under the branch of sports journalism and the discrimination faced by certain athletes in the lead up to and during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. My particular focus is in track 800m athlete Caster Semenya and the debate over her being allowed to compete in female events. Semenya has a condition known as hyperandrogenism, an elevated level of testosterone in females. From April 2011 to July 2015, female athletes with the condition were forced by the IAAF to take hormones to lower their testosterone in order to be eligible for competition.



  1. The headline/title/name etc of the items  (or a brief designator if a broadcast item) and information on where and when they were published/broadcast

NB: Currently undecided which 2 of these articles I will use

  1. “Caster Semenya and the logic of Olympic competition”

By Malcolm Gladwell and Nicholas Thompson

Published by The New Yorker, AUGUST 12, 2016

2. “The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit”

By Katrina Karkazis

Published by The Guardian Online 23 August 2016

3. “Why Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand deserve to compete ( and win) at Rio 2016

By Silvia Camporesi

Published by The Conversation, August 10, 2016


  1. One paragraph summarising what you believe are going to be your primary conclusions – i.e.what you anticipate will be the main point of your intended article.

I believe that the primary conclusions that will be made through my analysis will revolve around the differeing world views of the authors. The difference if viewpoints in the articles ultimately comes down what is considered a competitive edge in competition. Arguments for Semenya to race point to the idea that she is being discriminated against as she does not fit into the stereotypical picture of womanhood, therefore highlighting the underlying sexism in society. Those who are against Semenya competing argue that the issue is not her womanhood, she can identify as whatever gender she wishes, but rather that she has an unfair genetic advantage over the rest of the field.

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