No, these are not people who automatically have a vagina and a penis or what we call a hermaphrodite, although they also fall into this category. There are eight variables of gender and 6 of them fall under the biological aspect; namely: chromosomal, gonadal, prenatal hormonal and neonatal brain differentiation, internal organs, external genital appearance, and pubertal hormonal gender; so a person can have either a vagina or a penis yet they can have chromosomes that do not align with their genitals or they can produce more estrogen despite having a penis - the situation varies.
Now, why are these people and babies, sometimes unknowingly, being forced to undergo medical procedures to fit in our two sex/gender dominated society? Why aren't we hearing much about this? Children all over the world are getting surgeries before they can even utter a word because how they came out of the womb is deemed unacceptable by societal standards. Gender is actually being measured by the size of a child's clitoris or penis and that is very problematic also because this decision will forever affect the child and how that child will turn out in the future. We have to start acknowledging that in our world, there are more than two genders and sexes. Do not let the doctors and what other people deem as normal compartmentalize human beings as only male or female - there are more than two genders.
visit the Intersex Society of North America.
- Marian Plaza
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