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Lecture 7

Women's Studies 1020E Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Intersex

Women's Studies
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Women's Studies 1020E
Miranda Green- Barteet

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Monday, January 19, 2015
Anne Fausto-Sterling, "Five Sexes Revisited"
"Five Sexes Revisited"
a "revision" of an essay she wrote in 1993
suggested need to expand current two-sex system to include at least five
Intersexual individuals reflect the inadequacy of our two-sex system
System needs to reflect the full range of human sexual diversity
intended the proposal to be provocative and to raise awareness, but didn't
necessarily intend her naming of the five different sexes to be taken
addresses recent changes she has seen in the social climate regarding
People whose bodies, chromosomes, or hormones contain characteristics
of both sexes
Independent of sexual orientation
Transgender----not a choice
State of one's gender identity or gender expression not matching one's
assigned sex
Independent of sexual identity
Article written in 1993
Suggested two-sex system be replaced by a five-sex system
To include
Herms: true hermaphrodite; people born with both a testis and an ovary
Merms: male pseudohermaphrodites; born with testes and some aspects of
female genitalia
Ferms: female pseudohermaphrodites; people born with ovaries combined
with some aspect of male genitalia
Meant to be tongue in cheek, but taken very seriously
Who Is an Intersexual?
human beings are divided into two kinds
Males = X & Y chromosome, testes, a penis, and clearly defined secondary sex
characteristics like muscles and facial hair
Females = XX chromosomes, ovaries, a system to support pregnancy and fetal
development, and definable secondary sex characteristics
Those born outside the two sex mold are intersexual
For every 1,000 children born, 17 are intersexual, or 1.7% of population
Represents all chromosomal, anatomical and hormonal exception to dimorphic
past 100 years or so, physicians have been the ones to define children as
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