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The I ntersexes: Physical and Genetic Abnormalities

Normal sex organ development and functioning is mainly dependent on the programming of the genes and on an adequate endocrine system in a healthy body. Sometimes nature (and man) errs so that sex organs are incomplete or aspects of both the male and female bodies are present. These resulting intersexes are usually problems to be dealt with by physicians but interesting questions arise that have a bearing on the study of sexual anomalies. For example, if a genetic woman is raised as a male, what is her object choice and/or gender identity? Will sexually anomalous behavior be present? This chapter examines these questions but for more complete medical information other sources should be consulted25 29 33 47 49.