But this is not always the case. There are millions of people around the world who have sexual characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Many, though not all, of these people identify as intersex. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural variations that affect genitals, gonads, hormones, chromosomes or reproductive organs.
Ten Misconceptions about Intersex
Ten Misconceptions about Intersex – Intersex Campaign for Equality
Intersex , in humans and other animals, describes variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes , gonads , sex hormones , or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights , "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". Intersex people have been treated in different ways by different cultures. Whether or not they were socially tolerated or accepted by any particular culture, the existence of intersex people was known to many ancient and pre-modern cultures and legal systems, and numerous historical accounts exist. A Sumerian creation myth from more than 4, years ago has Ninmah , a mother goddess , fashioning humanity out of clay. Ninmah took clay from the top of the abzu [ab: water; zu: far] in her hand and she fashioned from it first a man who could not bend his outstretched weak hands. Enki looked at the man who cannot bend his outstretched weak hands, and decreed his fate: he appointed him as a servant of the king.
True Hermaphrodite: A Case Report
Hermaphroditism , the condition of having both male and female reproductive organs. Hermaphroditic plants —most flowering plants, or angiosperms —are called monoecious, or bisexual. Hermaphroditic animals—mostly invertebrates such as worms , bryozoans moss animals , trematodes flukes , snails , slugs , and barnacles —are usually parasitic, slow-moving, or permanently attached to another animal or plant. In humans, conditions that involve discrepancies between external genitalia and internal reproductive organs are described by the term intersex.
Unless otherwise indicated, you may copy, reprint, distribute, and even modify contents of this web site under the Creative Commons license. Below is some of the fun facts we've come across about hermaphrodites. Please note that "hermaphrodite" in its true sense that is, able to produce both eggs and sperms does not occur in humans; the so-called "hermaphrodite" people are actually intersex people--those who have been born with reproductive organs that are different from the standard "male" and "female" for more information about intersexuality in humans, read this.