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Intro to Womens StudiesWsp 101 What is a hermaphrodite The definition that Suzanne Kessler The writer of Lessons from the Intersexed gives us is that a true hermaphrodite is where a baby has either testes or ovaries but the genitals are indistinct This birth defect has been happening to a small percentage of babies throughout history A lot of Kesslers essay deals with the interviewing of six medical experts in the field of pediatric intersexuality They supply the reader with plenty of information on the topic of intersexuality and babies born with ambiguous genitals Kessler also supplies us with a great deal of information on the process parents have to go through with the diagnosis and the waiting period between knowing whether or not the baby is going to be a boy or girl In Judith Lorbers essay Night to His Day The Social Construction of Gender she talks about gender and what a man or a women have to do to that is required in their specific gender Both these essays deal with the idea of choosing what sex a child is going to be based on their ambiguous genitals and how their gender will affect them in the societyThere are three factors that in this present time that deal with the intersex condition Two specialists John Money and Anke A Ehrhardt constructed a theory saying that gender identity can be manipulated up to eighteen months of age People who have been born into the intersex condition nowadays have many options to choose from on how to fix the so called problem Since technology advances everyday there have been newly discovered ways to perform the surgery to repair the genitals Feminism also plays a part in the intersex condition Now feminists say that if a person has the presence or absence of gonads
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