Recognizing the third sex
One in every 4,000 people is born intersex (with a body that has male and female traits). While medical options are greater than in the past, intersex people often endure a lifetime of suffering.
In school we were told that boys are conceived when the fetal cells contain an X chromosome and a Y chromosome, and girls conceived when the cells have two X chromosomes. “Any questions?” the teacher would ask. There were none, because it sounded simple. But it isn’t.
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