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What do you think of Hermaphrodites?
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The Bi-Sexual's wet dream or your wet dream?
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Posted 10/23/10
Can't say I've ever knowingly met a Hermaphrodite, but then again it's not something that really comes up in conversations very often is it?

but I can't see why I'd ever have problem with it
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Posted 10/23/10

DreamsofManga wrote:

Can't say I've ever knowingly met a Hermaphrodite, but then again it's not something that really comes up in conversations very often is it?

but I can't see why I'd ever have problem with it


well said.


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Hermaphrodite is a completely politically incorrect and offensive term for those people who are actually born not completely male or female... The proper term that has been coined as proper in the last decade is Intersex. Which also does not mean that they are born with two sets of sexual organs. This can mean anything from having a penis with a uterus or a vagina with undecended testicals inside. Or even just having the wrong chromosome, etc etc. Basically any "difference" that doesn't match with the medical description of what is biologically/physically exactly a male and exactly a female is an intersex person. Some estimates predict even up to 1/100 people may be intersex.
The problem or reason for such a "rarity" is that before the mid-90s most intersex people were hidden from society-in that when a child is born with ambiguous genitalia, in the past, the doctors would tell the parents there is something wrong with the child and "repair" the child surgically (perhaps even multiple surgeries over their entire childhood - with the child just being told they need extra stuff to be a "real girl" or "real boy" and that they can't tell anyone) sometimes even without telling the parent what is actually happening. 99% of the time the ambigious genitalia is no actual health risk for the child, sometimes even the "corrective" surgery causes complications later in life. The most common being psychological problems when the child later in life finds out they are intersex and everyone in their entire lives have been lying to them forever. Intersex is very common, but very hidden. Why? Because first we broke the barrier of sexuality with homosexuality (though much still needs to be done to further this and for other sexualities) now gender is the next comfortable thing (such as with trans people and such,....but even then very little progress has been made) and then the last thing people want to believe is that Biology is not fixed in just male and female but actually many people are born and can be born somewhere in between and be perfectly functional human beings (intersex)

Also I saw earlier someone arguing that an Intersex (or the word used earlier was hermaphrodite) person is not trans. That's an interesting debate in the Gender and Women Studies field. In one class we actually discusses it and determined that it probably is up to the individual whether they identify as trans, intersex or even both. Why? Because first they are all assumed labels with somewhat ambiguous definitions. and two an intersex person could just be intersex, but couldn't they also be trans if say they are perfectly intersex (lets say their biology is exactly in the middle of male and female) then if they identify as a woman or a man exclusively (picking out their gender) that would in fact be a trans person (if they chose to identify in that manner) for trans is anyone whom their biology does not match their gender expression...
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Posted 6/20/12

MBogaert wrote:
Hermaphrodite is a completely politically incorrect and offensive term for those people who are actually born not completely male or female... The proper term that has been coined as proper in the last decade is Intersex.


Probably the only time, safe for gay rights, where political correctness has done something positive...
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Posted 6/24/12
From nanobes to humans to the Eastern Oregon fungus,
all organisms are amazing and every single one should be respected as a completely unique expression of life.
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If you're a true hemaphrodite, you are not only unique but extremely rare. I'd take pride in that, and there's nothing wrong with you either. I know a few people with differing, but somewhat similar cases and I can tell you that while it may be a burden and you may feel ashamed about it, being confident and professional about it in public really helps with how people treat you and react to your "problem". But it's only a problem if you see it as a problem, right?

Either way, have a great day!
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This is a grey area for me. I mean no offense by this, but in a sense, they are mutations. (Not using mutations in derogatory manner here). They are basically the result of one faulty chromosone. On one hand, I believe that mutations were never meant to be created ot reproduce. However, this in no way affects they're mental and phyical capabilities, they can contribute as much to society as anyone else. Society today is focusing more on the skills of a person, rather than their gender, which should extend to hermaphrodites as well.
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Posted 7/18/12
I never met one in my lifetime, but I would accept them for who they are.
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I honestly don't think there have been many true hermaphrodite humans in existence. Think about it, if a person with a fully functional female reproductive system with ovaries and a uteris also had a penis, how would testicles form and how would the urethra split off so that the penis could be biologically considered a penis and not simply an enlarged clitoris? In order for functional male and female sexual organs to exist in the same individual, the body would have had to generate a complex genetic code for that complexity to fully develop.

However sexual anomalies are usually the result of genetic errors and mutations which almost always have reduced complexity compared to normally formed genitals.
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Posted 7/21/12
The only ones I've met so far in my past were, how should I say this, a bit creepy acting, as well as those adult adds for them, I say you should pick which gender your most comfortable with and stick to it, it saves in the heartache later.
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I have read this thread and I have never truly meet a hermaphrodite. For all I know, I could have known someone who is all of my life and not have known it. My P.O.V. is that you are who you are and you should wear it proudly. I am very glad and proud that you are quite open with it all. I feel that if you were born how you are, and it is not endangering your health in anyway, then your perfect. Ironically I have heard the topic brought up recently in a class I was attending (ironically it was a figure drawing class), the professor asked us how would we feel if we drew someone different than us. She talked about it in more detail (it was a long discussion) and at the end of the day we were all perfectly fine with it. My final verdict is that you are who you are and are beautiful in every way, take pride in it! I personally think it to be pretty cool!
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Posted 8/6/12
Honestly couldn't care less. They're people too and if that's what makes them happy then good for them. :3
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Posted 8/11/12
Ive gotten to know a few transgendered folks from my travels. most of them are nice and regular people just like anyone else
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24 / F / North Carolina
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Posted 8/12/12
Why would I look at them any differently? They're born that way. It's not like they had any control over it. I probably wouldn't even know unless they told me anyway (I'm quite oblivious).
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