Hermaphrodites


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HERMAPHRODITES. Persons who have in the sexual organs the appearance of both sexes. They are adjudged to belong to that which prevails in them. Co. Litt. 2, 7; Domat, Lois Civ. liv. 1, t. 2, s. 1, n.. 9.
     2. The sexual characteristics in the human species are widely separated, and the two sexes are never, perhaps, united in the same individual. 2 Dunglison's Hum. Physiol. 304; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 94 to 110.
     3. Dr. William Harris, in a lecture delivered to the Philadelphia Medical Institute, gives an interesting account of a supposed hermaphrodite who came under his own observation in Chester county, Pennsylvania. The individual was called Elizabeth, and till the age of eighteen, wore the female dress, when she threw it off, and assumed the name of Rees, with the dress and habits of a man; at twenty-five, she married a woman, but had no children. Her clitoris was five or six inches long, and in coition, which she greatly enjoyed, she used this instead of the male organ. She lived till she was sixty years of age, and died in possession of a large estate, which she had acquired by her industry and enterprise. Medical Examiner, vol. ii. p, 314. Vide 1 Briand, M‚d. L‚g. c. 2, art. 2, Sec. 2, n. 2; Dict. des Sciences M‚d. art. Hypospadias, et art. Impuissance; Guy, Med. Jur. 42, 47.

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Only pages earlier, d'Hauteville had described how hermaphrodites were once hurled off cliffs to drown, so Camille's sudden desire to perish in the waves can be seen as a confession of his/her hermaphroditic nature.
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For centuries, people with atypical sex anatomy have been labeled hermaphrodite. (3) By the late nineteenth century, a consensus emerged in medicine that gonadal histology was the most reliable marker of a person's "true sex" and that there were three classificatory types of hermaphroditism: male pseudohermaphroditism, female pseudohermaphroditism, and true hermaphroditism.
Long begins with Greek and Roman depictions and moves to an analysis of sex theories found in the medical treatises of Pare, Bauhin, and Duval, who mostly use the figure of the hermaphrodite to discuss differences between the male and female body in the contexts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century cultural notions of gender.
(9) Presumably hermaphrodites and eunuchs did not wish to distinguish themselves as individuals but wanted to participate in communal norms and in fact many wished to embrace the married state or the priesthood.
She observes that early modern stories about hermaphrodites 'make us question the logic of that which we take for granted' and 'recognize that not all puzzles can be solved' (p.
L'Isle des hermaphrodites. Edition, introduction and notes by Claude-Gilbert Dubois.
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Eleno had also originally been a slave whose mother was from Africa, and Burshatin skillfully weaves together issues of race, class, imperialism, and gender, noting that sixteenth-century commentators described a "nation of hermaphrodites" (which is how Eleno would probably be classified today) waiting to be discovered and conquered.
In comparison, nearly one-half of the translocated mussels were hermaphrodites after the 2nd year.
First, hermaphrodites can transmit genes through both male and female function, whereas male steriles can only transmit genes through the female function.