Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male. The older term for this is hermaphroditism. It includes around 30 conditions, some of which may be identified at birth, some during puberty, some when people try to conceive, and some are never identified.
Gender, as a binary system (either male or female) is a cultural or social construct. Some cultures have different interpretations on gender and don’t just see things as male or female. For example, in Samoa, fa’afafine, in Thailand, kathoeys, and in Native American – the two spirit people.
In Western culture, in the recent past, parents of intersex new-borns were put in a very difficult situation and read more »