Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ    Attic   

Dicussion on 'hermaphrodite' (was Of accents & dialects

From:Ina van der Vegt <gijsstrider@...>
Date:Sunday, November 2, 2008, 20:48
2008/11/2 caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>:
>> Ina van der Vegt <gijsstrider@...> wrote: > >> Hermaphrodite is an outdated term, rarely used by the medical >> community anymore. The correct term would be intersexed person. > > 'Hermaphrodite' may be an outdated term, but why choose 'INTERsex'? > The prefix 'inter-' suggests, to me, location, either figurative or > literal. It seems to me that 'ambisexual' or 'ambisexed' would better > describe the person/condition. I have also seen the word 'androgyne' > which I rather like. Given that it's not an entry in the AHD, I > assume that it's a back formation from 'androgynous/androgyny.' > > Charlie >
Androgyne refers to a gender orientation (One of the several forms of transgenderism), while Intersex refers to a physical condition. They are not mutually exclusive, of course, but aren't the same either. A physical (fe)male might identify as an Androgyne, while an Intersexed person might identify as a (wo)man. Don't ask me where the terms come from, but it's how they are used in modern day official circles. However, I can give my attempt at their ethymology anyway. Intersex refers to in between (Inter) the sexes. Just like Interstate is in between states. Intersex is used for all cases in which sex is difficult to determine, and all specific disorders are named by their actual name. Androgyne most likely comes from Androgynous (reminiscent of both sexes, usually difficult to determine the actual sex), which is how Androgynes feel themselves, and often attempt to look like. Ina


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Scotto Hlad <scott.hlad@...>