Fortunately, there is good reason to think that a sex is determined genetically.Hermaphrodites suffer, as you are aware, a birth defect of having at least both sex organs partially developed.

I think you'll find his response below to be both interesting and illuminating.

Wm LCYour questions are good and important ones, Daniel, and unfortunately the Christian community at large tends to avoid questions like these.

Some conclude that if someone is born with only a male sex organ but is strongly confused about his gender (or strongly thinks he is female) then he might really be female.

The logical form of this reasoning, however, is completely fallacious.

She no longer refers to her previous male identity, but rejects being described as either male or female - and wants the government to recognise her as both, with a legal addition to official gender categories.

Exhibiting over the past two years, her art work focuses on androgyny and naturally occurring hermaphroditic species - flora and fauna, which she uses to bring greater awareness and promote more debate on the topic."I will continue to enforce these unnecessary binary limitations on my work and appearance until the UK recognises the hermaphrodite in law and adds a third box to the category of gender in passports, following in the footsteps of countries like Australia, New Zealand and India.

For the record: it's an extremely rare medical condition, and it is important to know that they are distinct from folk—who usually suffer from hormonal imbalances or psychological problems (or both) causing gender confusion.

I believe the proper treatment for them is psychiatric help (to normalize the hormonal levels) and therapy.

It makes me feel comfortable, safer, confident, I feel very vulnerable not having anything."I describe Xxxora as 'she' and 'her' because it's simpler for me to do that.

She went through art school at Goldsmith's College living as a man but later switched to a female persona, with which she more readily identifies.

It is important to realize that no one could ever prove that all gender is socially constructed.