Hermaphrodites Essay

753 words - 3 pages

Hermaphrodites

Since the beginning of time, humans have been lumped into two different groups: male and female. There was no in between. Hermaphrodites broke this model with their status as "he/she's." Was there something in between male and female? Gender is now thought of a combination of a host of different qualities that work together. Hermaphrodites are a genetic anomaly, but these individuals have a gender. It may not fit the classic mold of male or female, but they have a gender nonetheless.

Hermaphrodites are anomalies in the sexual genetic make-up of humans. Three classes of hermaphrodites have been identified: true, female pseudo, and male pseudo. True or mosaic hermaphrodites have a sexual genetic makeup of XXXY as opposed to the normal XX or XY. The individuals with this composition can have genitalia that range from completely male or female to a mixture of both female and male parts. They are usually assigned to the gender they most closely represent (Sex Differentiation Disorders 1). Although these phenomena cannot be fully explained in human development, studies have linked sex organ abnormalities in frogs with the weed killer atrazine (Reuters 2). The other categories of hermaphrodites are better understood. The male pseudo hermaphrodite has the normal male chromosomal pattern XY, but has female genitalia. Due to Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, where the body does not respond to the sexual hormone androgen, the male sexual organs are not able to form ! in utero (Sexual Differentiation Disorders 2). The female pseudo hermaphrodite has the genetic make-up of XX. She most likely will have more masculine genitalia due to and over production of testosterone in the fetus. The disorder is called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (Sexual Differentiation Disorders 1). These three classifications of hermaphrodites are only a small percentage of the many genetic gender disorders.

Gender disorders are caused by genetic or hormonal mistakes that take place in the developing fetus. It has been found by the Tampa Gender Identity Program (TGIP) that with the absence of a testosterone, all fetuses regardless of chromosomal gender will proceed along the path towards becoming a female. A glycoprotein known as a mullerian inhibitory hormone causes the upper parts of the female reproductive organs (the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the top two thirds of the vagina) to form. Testosterone and dehydrotestosterone work together to form the epidiymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicle, penis, scrotum, and...

Find Another Essay On Hermaphrodites

The Binaries of Wicked and Western Society

1340 words - 5 pages , an example are hermaphrodites, because they have both a male and female’s sexual organs. Hermaphrodites tend to stay in the middle, grayish area between a male and a female. Society uses binaries to classify a male as men, with masculine traits, and a female as women who have feminine traits. Masculine traits are the roughness, muscles, broad shoulders, and deep voice men, or women, can possess. On the other hand, feminine traits include the

Wicked, by Gregory Maguire Essay

1392 words - 6 pages , an example are hermaphrodites, because they have both a male and female’s sexual organs. Hermaphrodites tend to stay in the middle, grayish area between a male and a female. Society uses binaries to classify a male as men, with masculine traits, and a female as women who have feminine traits. Masculine traits are the roughness, muscles, broad shoulders, and deep voice men, or women, can possess. On the other hand, feminine traits include the

When You Are Born a Hermaphrodite

1575 words - 7 pages determine the sexuality of many individuals who were born with both sex organs. Even though such procedures became very successful, at times these children who are chosen a sex grew up under the constant pressure of being accepted in society under the sex that they were given. The life of these children called “hermaphrodites” is often characterized by society’s acceptance and their own personal inclination towards the sex that they feel most

Cross Gender Identification or Gender Identity Disorder. What is it?

567 words - 2 pages genitalia), hermaphrodites (individuals with both ovarian and with testicular tissues), sex reassignment surgery (surgical procedure to change ones external sex organ to that of the opposite gender), and crossdresser (a person who enjoys wearing clothes identified with the other gender on a temporary basis, very different from a transsexual).Boys with this disorder tend to play with traditional girl toys like dolls and avoid boy toys. They tend to

Caster Semenya: Hermaphrodite

1886 words - 8 pages brings a problem for IAAF for whether or not she has a competitive advantage in competing with women in races even though she could not be categorized as a woman or a man in competition and there wasn’t a separate race for hermaphrodites. It was a very controversial on how the IAAF first did a drug test and found nothing since they believed she was doing performance enhancing drugs and after that they did a gender test which brought some

Light Exposure on the Regeneration of Dugesia Dorotocephala

1211 words - 5 pages directions. The animals reproduce by fission. Dugesia dorotocephala undergoes fission only at night. During the day the brain produces a substance that inhibits fission. They are also hermaphrodites that reproduce by way of compulation and internal fertilization. Planarians experience direct development, meaning the juvenile morphology is identical to the adult. They can reproduce sexually and asexually. These free living flatworms are monoecious

Gender Neutrality in Children

1242 words - 5 pages language in which gender is largely determined by the sex of the object for which it stands. The only exception when gender specific does not play a role at labor is with pseudo hermaphrodites. When dealing with pseudo hermaphrodites, someone having external genitalia of one sex and internal sex organs of the other sex there is no question about gender at delivery. Society should take the same open minded approach when confronted with normal

Sodomy and Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London

1222 words - 5 pages that the British society recognized; male, and female, but there were three body types recognized; man, woman, and hermaphrodite. Hermaphrodites were seen as being more male or effeminate. After 1700, sodomites and transgenders were viewed as effeminate, and therefore a new gender role was created. This lead to society accepting three genders; male, female, and sodomite, but only two body types; man and woman. British society at this point has

Marine Fish

1279 words - 5 pages protective mucus or a presence of small patches of discharged cnidae on the anemonefishes’ epidermis (Miyagawa, 1989) which allows them to be unharmed from the stinging nematocyst cells.Amphiprion percula are interesting marine organisms in that they are protoandrous sequential hermaphrodites. Protoandrous hermaphrodites first develop into males and then potentially into females later. This condition describes the particular mating, breeding

Intersex Denial and Duality

1535 words - 6 pages life of ambiguity are not only hampered with its difficulties but also burdened by the mandates of a society which must color in between the lines. Intersexual disorders though rare have occurred throughout history. The victims of the condition were labeled Hermaphrodites after the Greek son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who was succumbed by the water nymph Salmacis and transformed into an androgynous being. Today, disorders of sexual differentiation

The Gender of a Child is Not Important

1677 words - 7 pages gender is largely determined by the sex of the object for which it stands. The only exception when gender specific does not play a role at labor is with pseudo hermaphrodites. When dealing with pseudo hermaphrodites, someone having external genitalia of one sex and internal sex organs of the other sex there is no question about gender at delivery. Society should take the same open minded approach when confronted with normal deliveries. Society

Similar Essays

The Role Of Hermaphrodites In Society

659 words - 3 pages The Role of Hermaphrodites in Society In Ruth Gilbert’s At the Border’s of the Human, she discusses society’s interest in hermaphrodites in terms of “people’s desire to examine, scrutinize, and display objects which are alien, strange and other” (6). The anomalous and bizarre spectacle of the hermaphroditic body has drawn the focus of scientists since the early sixteenth century. Hermaphrodites have long evoked a “mixture of disgust and

Coral Fish Essay

1167 words - 5 pages eggs as well as carrying about the newly hatched eggs for up to two weeks.Many species of fishes are hermaphrodites. Fishes are the only vertebrates that have hermaphrodite characteristics. There are two types of hermaphrodites. The simultaneous and the sequential hermaphrodites.The simultaneous hermaphrodites have the mature sexual organs of both males and females and can reverse their sexual functions at will. The Caribbean harlequin bass

Intersexuals Essay

1654 words - 7 pages Hermaphrodites, or what we call in the modern times: intersexuals, are misunderstood throughout the entire world. Often times when we hear the word intersexuals or hermaphrodites we automatically have a negative connotation towards them. However, what most people do not realize is that hermaphroditism is in fact very common for quite a long period of time. Records were dated back to even the time when Plato was alive. However, the idea, or the

A Space For Intersexuality Essay

1639 words - 7 pages A Space for Intersexuality In the video Hermaphrodites Speak, many of the individuals present stated that they felt something was missing and wished to convey to others that the surgery is unnecessary and a violation of their bodies, that something is now missing from their lives. In my paper, I will be looking at the circumstances and policies surrounding the birth reassignment surgery to which they are referring. In addition, I want to