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What do you think of Hermaphrodites?
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Posted 12/31/12
So far as far as I know I haven't met any hermaphrodites before but I view them the same as I view everyone else.
I don't see why people treat them any different when there is nothing wrong with being a hermaphrodite at all.

At the end of the day we are all human so there is no reason why some ones gender should matter to people. Be proud of who you are and sod all the people who say different!
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Just thought I'd point out that Snuckles108 hasn't been active for a couple of years. Are they using a new name? I'll post my thoughts regardless, maybe they still follow this thread.

I'm sure you've come to a lot of conclusions for yourself by now. You must have an interesting perspective on life. Getting to live as male or female, you see both sides of interpersonal relationships.

The beauty of it is you don't have to choose. You are fortunate that a doctor didn't do the choosing for you. People in that situation are often confused and may be bitter about the sex that was selected for them.

I met an intersex many years ago. He wasn't a personal friend, but a friend of a friend. She lived with her significant other, a woman. They didn't tell many people about his being intersex. He would switch between genders according to the specific situation or his personal whim. For instance she was always a female for her family and always one gender at work. But he could be male, female or androgynous without most people noticing anything "funny". She had an androgynous name and didn't like it when people insisted on only seeing her as one gender or the other. Today I expect they are able to be more out in the open about the situation.

I believe that when you find that special person, their acceptance of you as you are will be part of the deal. Doubtless you recognize that you won't to have too choose a sex in order to please a partner, unless you want to.
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As fascinating as intersex are, I doubt that Snuckles108 is one. He (going by the choice on his profile) started this thread talking about being male in school but having a period and other fully developed secondary sex characteristics of a female. He talked about getting IPL hair removal on his face and legs, meaning that he also developed the secondary sex characteristics of a male. Because secondary sex charactistics are developed as a response to hormone exposure, to develop both male and female secondary sex characteristics (menstruation, breasts, facial hair) Snuckles108 would have to alternately be exposed to high levels of testosterone and estrogens. This would mean that he either has two pairs of gonads - both male and female, which is practically unheard of, or that he was taking supplemental hormones in an irregular way.
At the time he was 19, meaning that he was born in 1981. As MBogaert describes below, infants born with ambiguous genitals during that time underwent "corrective" surgery - generally to appear more female. The story that Snuckles108 told just doesn't seem believable, although the responses over the past three years have been overwhelmingly positive.


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. 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)

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Sure, why not. Diversity's great.
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I’d probably look at you as if you were a unicorn for a bit before eventually getting over it.

I know a guy who uses pads, be it for a different reason, there are other pads you can get that aren't so... frilly. You should really use the male toilet if you want to. Female toilets do have those bins though.

As for your gym teacher, can’t you find an opportunity to have a quiet word with them? There’s no reason everyone should have to know or for any attention to be drawn to it. I’m sure you could work something out. And if the teacher themselves becomes the issue you can make a complaint.
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16 / M / My room where els...
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Who would judge a person for being born that way their still the same person you know.
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You are a person, important at that, how you live your life is up to you. Don't let society tell you the "right way". I have friend who is transgender, male/female. It is hard, tears are shed, but in the end you have to love yourself. “If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” -Rupaul
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20 / F / sweden
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I never met one but you are you no matter what and the fact that you share this, respect on m part
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Posted 12/31/12
I wouldn't get anywhere near them...Tbh.

But, I wouldn't treat them any differently.
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Posted 12/31/12
it wouldnt matter....
its the personality that matters anyway... not the gender....
i think it cool.. you get to choose if you want to be a girl or a guy...
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Wow that's amazing
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They are awesome, wish I knew one.
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I never met one and I don't think I will. I will accept them though I mean I would be a complete monster if I hated someone because of how they were born. That means if someone was to confess it to me in order for me to accept it. Most people I think I would like that fact locked away from anyone if possible if they were a Hermaphrodite because some of them I know might hate dealing with it. TL;DR I'm fine with them.
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but wouldn't you call that straight or a variation of straight... Im confused. People are people, humans are humans.
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I love all people for who they are.
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