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26th Aug '16 5:36:34 PM piazza
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* Richard in ''Manga/RequiemOfTheRoseKing'' is implied to be intersex.
18th Aug '16 1:24:16 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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For most fictional purposes a hermaphrodite is an individual that's both male and female; specifically, one that has both male and female genitals. Biologists don't use the word that way, but this is fiction, not biology. In real life, however, a human that has fully developed male and female genitals is extremely rare. Humans with sexually ambiguous genitals and/or incompletely developed ones (or other biological ambiguities between male and female, such as mixed glands, hormonal balances, or chromosomal sexes) are called intersex, not hermaphrodites, and are relatively common.[[note]]1 in every 2000 children is born intersex being a rough estimate.[[/note]] [[http://www.isna.org/ More information can be found here.]]

People who are intersex usually identify as either a man or woman (not that non binary intersex people don't exist) and being intersex does not automatically make you a "man and a woman." Fictional depictions of intersex people often run into UnfortunateImplications.

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For most fictional purposes a hermaphrodite is an individual that's both male and female; specifically, one that has both male and female genitals. Biologists don't use the word that way, but this is fiction, not biology. In real life, however, a human that has fully developed male and female genitals is extremely rare. Humans with sexually ambiguous genitals and/or incompletely developed ones (or other biological ambiguities between male and female, such as mixed glands, hormonal balances, or chromosomal sexes) are called intersex, not hermaphrodites, and are relatively common.[[note]]1 common (one rough estimate is 1 in every 2000 children is born intersex being a rough estimate.[[/note]] born). [[http://www.isna.org/ More information can be found here.]]

People who are intersex Intersex people usually identify as either a man or woman (not that non binary intersex people don't exist) (although some are non-binary), and being intersex does not automatically make you a "man and a woman." Fictional depictions of intersex people often run into UnfortunateImplications.
UnfortunateImplications and CriticalResearchFailure.
16th Aug '16 9:18:07 PM PaulA
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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Naismith Vorkosigan's]] close friend and able subordinate Bel Thorne is a Betan hermaphrodite, one of an entire subspecies of genetically-engineered people created as an ultra-egalitarian social movement. In-universe, "it" is considered the appropriate pronoun. Bel usually presents itself as a dashing, macho, bishonen officer but will vary its gender presentation (once in the middle of a conversation) in order to attract the attention of a potential love interest or just to mess with people. Bel is one of very few hermaphrodites to ever leave their hermetic subculture on ultra-liberal Beta colony and hints its preference for bi-gendered society may be considered a bit "queer" back home.
** A number of other characters have made comments about Thorne having romantic feelings towards Miles. Due to its deliberate ambiguity of gender, [[SubordinateExcuse these]] [[HoYay feelings]] are often the subject of ridicule and [[FantasticRacism disdain]] among some. Miles, who is relatively open-minded despite his very traditional upbringing, sometimes has trouble working through the ambiguities himself. Conversely Bel appears to be perfectly happy with its third-gender status since Betan technology is sufficiently advanced to allow any character to change genders at will.

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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan's]] Vorkosigan's close friend and able subordinate Bel Thorne is a Betan hermaphrodite, one of an entire subspecies of genetically-engineered people created as an ultra-egalitarian social movement. In-universe, "it" is considered the appropriate pronoun. Bel usually presents itself as a dashing, macho, bishonen officer but will vary its gender presentation (once in the middle of a conversation) in order to attract the attention of a potential love interest or just to mess with people. Bel is one of very few hermaphrodites to ever leave their hermetic subculture on ultra-liberal Beta colony and hints its preference for bi-gendered society may be considered a bit "queer" back home. \n** A number of other characters have made comments about Thorne having romantic feelings towards Miles. Due to its deliberate ambiguity of gender, [[SubordinateExcuse these]] [[HoYay feelings]] are often the subject of ridicule and [[FantasticRacism disdain]] among some. Miles, who is relatively open-minded despite his very traditional upbringing, sometimes has trouble working through the ambiguities himself. Conversely Bel appears to be perfectly happy with its third-gender status since Betan technology is sufficiently advanced to allow any character to change genders at will.
13th Aug '16 1:54:59 PM WillKeaton
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* Bernard Doove's [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom felinoid]] [[Literature/ChakonaSpace centaurs]], named [[http://www.furry.org.au/chakat/ chakats]], are a genetically engineered race, intentionally designed with fully functional equipment for both sexes. Many of the other species in his Chakat universe are hermaphrodites. The pronouns "shi" and "hir" that he came up with are often used by [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]] with "herm" characters.[[note]]Also, more rarely, "xie" and "xir".[[/note]]

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* Bernard Doove's [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom felinoid]] [[Literature/ChakonaSpace centaurs]], named [[http://www.furry.org.au/chakat/ chakats]], chakats,]] are a genetically engineered race, intentionally designed with fully functional equipment for both sexes. Many of the other species in his Chakat universe are hermaphrodites. The pronouns "shi" and "hir" that he came up with are often used by [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]] with "herm" characters.[[note]]Also, more rarely, "xie" and "xir".[[/note]]
13th Aug '16 1:54:27 PM WillKeaton
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* The sixteenth-century story ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/facetiousnights/night13_fable9.html Filomena the Hermaphrodite]]'', featured in ''The Facetious Nights of Straparola'', features a young woman named Filomena falling ill after she joins a convent. When she is analyzed by doctors, they discover that she has grown a penis and testicles. At the end of the story, Filomena is revealed to have started dressing like a man.

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* The sixteenth-century story ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/facetiousnights/night13_fable9.html Filomena the Hermaphrodite]]'', Hermaphrodite,]]'' featured in ''The Facetious Nights of Straparola'', features a young woman named Filomena falling ill after she joins a convent. When she is analyzed by doctors, they discover that she has grown a penis and testicles. At the end of the story, Filomena is revealed to have started dressing like a man.
13th Aug '16 1:53:50 PM WillKeaton
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* Sadako in the ''[[TheRing Ring]]'' novels counts twice. [[spoiler:Her original body had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgen_insensitive Androgen insensitivity syndrome]], an intersex condition that causes the woman affected to be born with a vagina, but with XY chromosomes, no uterus, and internal testes where the ovaries would typically be. After her rebirth in ''Spiral'', she describes herself as a "complete hermaphrodite" with both a womb and testicles, fully functional.]]

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* Sadako in the ''[[TheRing Ring]]'' novels counts twice. [[spoiler:Her original body had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgen_insensitive Androgen insensitivity syndrome]], syndrome,]] an intersex condition that causes the woman affected to be born with a vagina, but with XY chromosomes, no uterus, and internal testes where the ovaries would typically be. After her rebirth in ''Spiral'', she describes herself as a "complete hermaphrodite" with both a womb and testicles, fully functional.]]
13th Aug '16 1:53:01 PM WillKeaton
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* Hutts in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' are gastropods and therefore functional hermaphrodites (they can both impregnate others and themselves). A given Hutt is usually referred to as "female" when pregnant, otherwise it's a matter of personal preference whether they're called "he" or "she". Many other species also exist. Star Dragons/Duinuogwuin have [[OneGenderRace only one sex]] and take on gendered pronouns for the convenience of bigendered species.

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* Hutts in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] are gastropods and therefore functional hermaphrodites (they can both impregnate others and themselves). A given Hutt is usually referred to as "female" when pregnant, otherwise it's a matter of personal preference whether they're called "he" or "she". Many other species also exist. Star Dragons/Duinuogwuin have [[OneGenderRace only one sex]] and take on gendered pronouns for the convenience of bigendered species.
13th Aug '16 1:52:14 PM WillKeaton
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* Supporting the Cade and Jori pairings is a Series/{{Victorious}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8579536/1/Glorious where Tori wakes to find that Cat is one]]. But its not just Cat...
* There's this ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic in which... well, you'll just have to read it. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1913307/1/Resuscitation_of_Agape Resuscitation of Agape]].

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* Supporting the Cade and Jori pairings is a Series/{{Victorious}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8579536/1/Glorious where Tori wakes to find that Cat is one]]. one.]] But its not just Cat...
* There's this ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic in which... well, you'll just have to read it. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1913307/1/Resuscitation_of_Agape Resuscitation of Agape]].Agape.]]
13th Aug '16 1:51:05 PM WillKeaton
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For most fictional purposes a hermaphrodite is an individual that's both male and female; specifically, one that has both male and female genitals. Biologists don't use the word that way, but this is fiction, not biology. In real life, however, a human that has fully developed male and female genitals is extremely rare. Humans with sexually ambiguous genitals and/or incompletely developed ones (or other biological ambiguities between male and female, such as mixed glands, hormonal balances, or chromosomal sexes) are called intersex, not hermaphrodites, and are relatively common [[note]]1 in every 2000 children is born intersex being a rough estimate[[/note]]. [[http://www.isna.org/ More information can be found here]].

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For most fictional purposes a hermaphrodite is an individual that's both male and female; specifically, one that has both male and female genitals. Biologists don't use the word that way, but this is fiction, not biology. In real life, however, a human that has fully developed male and female genitals is extremely rare. Humans with sexually ambiguous genitals and/or incompletely developed ones (or other biological ambiguities between male and female, such as mixed glands, hormonal balances, or chromosomal sexes) are called intersex, not hermaphrodites, and are relatively common common.[[note]]1 in every 2000 children is born intersex being a rough estimate[[/note]]. estimate.[[/note]] [[http://www.isna.org/ More information can be found here]].
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10th Aug '16 12:21:46 AM CaptainTedium
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* Fluffy and Uranus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', Duckman's teddy bear secretaries they appear to be female and have feminine voices but they have male genitals.

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* Fluffy and Uranus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', Duckman's teddy bear secretaries they Fluffy and Uranus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''. They appear to be female and have feminine voices voices, but one episode implies they have male genitals.genitalia.
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