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September 12th, 2009
08:29 AM ET

Gender Eligibility - what do you think?

Also on our radar today, the gender controversy surrounding world-champion South African runner Caster Semenya.

She won the Women's 800 meter race by a large margin at the World Championships in Berlin.

Quoting an unnamed source close to the case, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reports the 18-year-old athlete has both male and female sex organs.

A spokesman for the international governing body for athletics would not discuss the issue with CNN.

Should she be disqualified from future events? Is she being treated fairly? Tell us what you think.

We may air some of your comments in the CNN Newsroom.

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  1. Jo

    Caster Semenya should be allowed to enter either men's or women's sports events if it is determined that Caster has both male and female sex organs. That is until Caster makes a decision to be one or the other.

    September 12, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  2. Sarah

    This girls life has been ruined, all because others were jealous of her talent, all because she won a stupid race. If this girl had come in last place, no one would have cared that she looks more like her father than her mother.
    To be eighteen and be publicly labeled a hermaphordite. For the wolrd to be told that although you were born a girl, you do not have a uterus, or a womb, and will probably never have a child. And maybe never have a boyfriend, or get married. This poor girl's life will never be the same, she will probably have emotional issues for the rest of her life.

    September 12, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  3. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Sexual discrimination is comeing back to bite people in the butt this person is an oddity in other words a hermorphydite this is somthing God made not self inflicted if the balance is more towards the male then let this person run in the mans olympics.

    September 12, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  4. Speed

    Why are you reporting this story??? Leave the woman alone. This is such a private matter and should not be in the public sphere. Why did the IAAF have to do this in such a public manner.

    TJ how would you like if it was revealed that you had both parts? You would not. So stop it. CNN should take the high road and not report this story.

    September 12, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  5. Denise Lott

    I cannot believe you call yourselves a newsroom. You gave a 3 minute report on this woman based on a leak that may or may not be true. You had no story, its all gossip at this point. Why don't you tell the story in November when you actually have the facts. In the meantime, leave this person alone!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  6. Austine

    I want to ask " how many people voted for John Mccain in the last presidential election, and how many people are participating in the tea party protest in Washington today"? Again how many Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are there in the protest. We all know what is going on and we know the nation will get to where it should be soonest.

    September 12, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  7. RoBoBrain

    This is a rather embarrassing touchy situation indeed the media and us as a people need to show respect and compassion for the family and the wrongful outed person. I see how being a transgender makes it rather difficult to qualify this person to be in either male or female competitions. I also see a future problem for the athlete, if the decision to be a man totally is made then everybody will always say "oh well he is really a she and that not fair" and vise versa. I think there should be no decision and to simply stay they way she is and challenge the system to change for the better. Maybe we should look at how we do the winning final compilations in the first place when it comes to separation of sex in categories and is it at all fair or needed. Maybe we should not separate by sex anymore and only use sex as a sub-winning-category when it pertains to the accomplishments in sports, Olympics and other competitions. Meaning men, women and trans genders can compete against each other equally in some or all events and at the end the times and such winnings are weighed out based on the over all winner then the sub winners category based on sex ' male ,female and the trans gender' Doing this will also will broaden the competition with each other making it more competitive and exciting and fair.

    September 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  8. Lauren

    I think that because she has both male and femail sex organ, and therefore the advantage of more testosterone than the women she competes against, she as an advantage over any woman. This borders on unfair competition.

    While I am sympathetic to her situation, I don't feel she has been treated unfairly, I think her competitors have been treated unfairly. Her competitors, as far as we know, have the body make up of a woman and they are expected to compete against someone who is neither a woman or a man because she has the characteristics of both. Becasue Semenya's body has the capability to produce large amounts of testerone, she has an advantage over any woman she runs against.

    September 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Lisa

    I just feel sorry for her. It is not like she did anything wrong. She did not know she had both parts and I do not believe we have any business knowing about it. The young lady should be left alone. Kids can be cruel and now something this personal about her is out there in the public's eye. Most of us at that age only had to worry about the embarassment of acne. This is major.
    Please just leave her alone.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  10. N

    Why is this a story? It's no one's business but the board, her and her doctors.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  11. Billy Thompkins

    Yah, she should be disqualified, but only if she's a man. If she's a hermaphrodite leave her alone technically she's a woman.

    September 20, 2009 at 6:49 am |