13 -- was only deemed relevant by the media days later, because she supposedly has had a relationship with Olympian Michael Phelps. Being "born a man" is a ridiculous concept to begin with. (Society then creates gender roles.) And, further, the idea of Chandler as "a man's worst nightmare" reinforces the idea that non-binary people are somehow "tricking" people.However, what is most revealing about this slew of headlines has nothing to do with her relationship with Phelps; it has to do with the media itself. That said, on the most basic level, the term "intersex" has absolutely nothing to do with being born a male. Per the Intersex Society of North America: "Intersex" is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
But perhaps making the switch isn’t such a tough decision as we thought.
Junda Lin of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, has spent much of the past 10 years studying peppermint shrimp, and his latest study shows that being male is not as advantageous as it seemed.
There are also plenty of animals that are both male and female at the same time. They start out as one sex, and then transform into hermaphrodites. It gets its name from the red stripes that run along its translucent body, which make it look like a peppermint stick or candy cane.
It first matures as a male, and sometimes turns into a hermaphrodite with both male and female sexual organs.
Species: Lysmata wurdemanni Habitat: Atlantic coasts of North and South America, and the Gulf of Mexico, having confusing sex Changing sex is more common than you might think.
Many animals start out as one sex, and then change into the other part-way through their lives.
In other words, peppermint shrimp may have started out as conventional sex-changers, and then hedged their bets by keeping the old set of gonads.
Journal reference: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.20 Read previous Zoologger columns: Death by world’s longest animal, Live birth, evolving before our eyes, Sympathy for the piranha, The world’s most fecund vertebrate, Whale-eater’s helpful sulphur-powered guests, Horror lizard squirts tears of blood, Secret to long life found…
There are people that remember me as an androgynous child at times because of what was forced upon me. I have always been a female regardless of labels and personal opinions. In a world of educated people that had all the facts of intersex and what it means and then to sell a magazine say Michael Phelps is dating a MAN.
I am not a transsexual and I have never identified with the moniker transgender, but intersex is certainly on the spectrum of gender along with them. I have cried now for an hour, thrown up anything in my system till I dry heaved.
Although it costs males much less energy to make sperm rather than eggs, the business of mating itself is costly: males must find a hermaphrodite mate and then chase it for up to eight hours.