The Intersexual Spectrum

Intersexuality

The Intersexual Spectrum: Sex - A Matter of Degree

As already discussed in Course 1, when examining a personís body for its female or male characteristics, one needs to consider the following 5 factors:

    
1. Chromosomal sex,
     2. gonadal sex,
     3. hormonal sex,
     4. internal reproductive structures,
     5. external sex organs.

Taken together, these five factors add up to a personís biological or, more precisely, physical sex. In everyday language, it is often simply called sex.

In most cases, all of these factors show a typically female or male development, and the personís sex is therefore never in doubt. However, there are some atypical exceptions. For example, one or several or all of these factors may be irregular in some way or appear ambiguous or be underdeveloped or missing. It may then become difficult to determine the personís sex. In any event, such cases demonstrate a biological truth that is often forgotten:
Physical sex is a matter of degree.
 

[Course 3] [Description] [How to use it] [Introduction] [Problems in Females] [Problems in Males] [Intersexuality] [Introduction] [Intersexual Spectrum] [Dealing w. Intersex.] [Additional Reading] [Examination]