“I notices you use the word hermaphrodite ……I was of the understanding that this was politically incorrect these days and have pulled people up on it. I thought the term is now intersex….could you please clarify that for me.”
The word hermaphrodite refers to someone who is biologically half male and half female – they will have a functioning ovary and a functioning Testicle. Jessica was born in the late 40s – extremely well endowed, she had a blind vagina so could not have given birth to children naturally but upon investigation by the Garvan Institute was found to have a viable ovary. She did father twin girls who are both Lesbian.
As a teen she used to get monthly pains in her stomach and developed beautiful natural breasts. She was raised a boy though knew herself to be a girl – female.
I don’t know the details for someone who tends towards being male as per what happens regarding physical development. Remember someones appearance is quite separate from their gender
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersexuality 😀 😳
If Jessica had been male rather than female it would have been her breasts that would be removed but in her case it was that yukky thing.
Though the term Intersexed might be more politically correct it doesn’t quite cover all the contingencies of being a fertile human being.
Intersexuality in humans refers to intermediate or atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish male from female. This is usually understood to be congenital, involving chromosome, morphologic, genital and/or gonadal anomalies, such as diversion from stereotypical XX=female or XY=male presentations, such as sex reversal (XY=female, XX=male), genital ambiguity, sex developmental differences. An intersex organism may have biological characteristics of both the male and female sexes. Intersexuality is the term adopted by medicine during the 20th century applied to human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as either male or female. Intersexuality is also the word adopted by the identity-political movement, to criticize medical protocols in sex assignment and to claim the right to be heard in the construction of a new one.
In Jessica’s case her sex chromosones are something like the following
The chromosomes were studied in a human intersex (“true hermaphrodite”) characterized by ambiguous external genitalia and abdominal gonads consisting of a left ovotestis and a right primitive testis. The tissues sampled for chromosome studies (two skin biopsies, right gonad and blood) contained cells having 46, 47 and 49 chromosomes and XX, XXY or XXYYY sex chromosomes respectively. This finding strongly supports the concept that testicular tissue develops only in the presence of the Y chromosome. It is considered plausible that all human íntersexes are chromosomal mosaics. The cytological investigations of the apparent exceptions so far reported in the literature (intersexes with XX sex chromosomes) have been confined to a single tissue specimen.
Copyright © 1962 S. Karger AG, Basel
Intersexed people have at least 6 presentations regarding anatomy/sex from quite minor differences such as a micropenis or, on the otherhand an elongated clitoris.
Some conditions develop in the womb, and as we are coming to say among the FTM, here in NSW – that we are brain interssexed or cross wired.
So far as gender goes for any of us it isn’t binary or perhaps not even tertiary. I know someone who is span -sexual and has taken the physical form of androgeny. She/was male/ has chosen not to have breasts, identifies as female but is very happy to be either or both genders at one and the same time and is asexual,or perhaps bisexual
Sorry for long answers – it is my only fault – not