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  1. cowboymathu's Avatar

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    Neither man nor woman...

    How do we call person who is not a man or a woman? In some books it is mentioned as 'eunuch' which I have never heard of.


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    #2

    Re: Neither man nor woman...

    A eunuch is a man who has been castrated. A person with (partially) both male and female genitalia (sex organs) is an hermaphrodite.
    I am not aware of any condition where a person is born so devoid of any sexual characteristics that they would not be termed one or the other. The only other word I can think of is 'asexual', which is a term used about organisms, in biology.
    Anyone else able to clarify?

  2. cowboymathu's Avatar

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    #3

    Re: Neither man nor woman...

    Thanks David,
    But I am expecting somewhat clear answer. What about the word "shemale"?


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    #4

    Re: Neither man nor woman...

    Your question is not quite clear. Are you talking about sexual deformation or about sexual behaviour?

    David's answer seems fair - technically a person who has both male and female genitalia is "hermaphrodite".

    A person who lacks libido is "asexual".

    Your suggested term "shemale" is used for homosexual males who act in a female manner - is this what you are meaning by "a person who is not a man or a woman"?

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