Even as a newborn, pyschologists have found, the child will be treated differently depending on gender.
If female it will be cooed at fussed over, gently touched, and smiled at for being quiet, inert, and complacent.
So I just thought of myself as a "different kind of woman." Ultimately, my assessment was pretty accurate.
I was raised in a strict Catholic home, where nudity and sex talk was unheard of, so having no one to compare my genitals to, I was unaware that mine were different.
I came of age sexually with my second boyfriend in high school.
Intersex people possess any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies".
In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty.
Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.
The word intersex has come into preferred usage for humans, since the word hermaphrodite is considered to be misleading and stigmatizing, Since the estimated total number of animal species is 8.6 million, the percentage of animal species that are hermaphroditic is about 0.7%.Intersex people face stigmatization and discrimination from birth or discovery of an intersex trait.In some countries, documented in parts of Africa and Asia, this may include infanticide, abandonment and the stigmatization of families.If male, it will be more vigorously handled and any loud sounds or thrashing of limbs will be cheered as signs of masculine vigor.Later whether the child will be given a doll or a toy truck, will be cuddled and fussed over after an injury or told to shake it off, or whether the child will be scolded or praised for boistrous, risky behavior -- all these, even today, will still hinge largely on gender.
In these groups, hermaphroditism is a normal condition, enabling a form of sexual reproduction in which either partner can act as the "female" or "male".