The term intersexed means neither male nor female - in other words, born with both male and female sex organs. In our country, 1 in every 1500 to 2000 births results in a child being born as an intersex. This is an incredibly high number of 'birth defects' when one considers ratios of other birth defects. What I bet many of you didn't know is that these babies are then 'assigned' a gender - usually female - because it's easier to construct a vagina than it is to construct a penis that would sexually work when the child reaches sexual maturity. For the most part, these children undergo several surgeries during childhood, undergo hormone therapy, and grow up to be relatively normal adults. Problems do arise when a genetic male (XY) is reassigned to female because of malformed or disfigured genitals. One famous case is the John/Joan case. Dr. John Money's theories of gender currently dominate medical case management practices - as long as the child is reassigned before age 18 months, all should be well, according to his theories. Early on he used the John/Joan case to support his theories. What happened later on, however, is that Joan found out she was really a he, and chose to reassign himself back to male at age 14, and is currently living as a male. He reports he is MUCH happier now. I am currently studying a few chapters in my courses regarding this phenomenon, and a thought occurred to me. Could it be that traditional sexes (ie, male and female), aren't the only sex a person could be? The reason I ask this is because of the extremely high ratio of intersexed births in our country (and I will assume throughout the world).