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Is it human or is it dancer?
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sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 11th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why does no-one ever suggest it might be intersex? Apparently the odds are something like 1 in 100.
htfb From: htfb Date: November 11th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'd need at least one of the letters to be on the board already. Scores nicely, though.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 11th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's much higher odds than I had thought. What's your source for that figure? (The UK Intersex Association seems to suggest that it's 1 in 2000, and while they attribute this figure to a named doctor, they don't actually give a real citation.)

It didn't immediately spring to my mind as an option because to the best of my knowledge I've never met anybody who was (or had been born) intersex, whereas I've met thousands of people who seemed to be quite uncomplicatedly male or female (and quite happy with that). If the baby does turn out to be intersex, well, that'll be jolly interesting, & we'll cross that bridge when we come to it!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 12th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"I read it somewhere, probably on teh Intarwebs" is not a good citation, is it?

I suspect the size of your number depends on how broadly you paint with your intersex brush. I don't think that people fail to consider the possibility says a great deal really. Some people might want to go on about the tyranny of enforced biological duality or other such concerns, but on the whole it should be, as you say, a "we'll cross that bridge if we come to it" issue. My comment stemmed from the slight bizarreness of some of the assertions people made to you, and whimsically pondering why, when everyone has a theory about the baby's gender, no-one ever seems to theorize in respect of none of the above.

Which is to say, I don't really a have a point to make, other than possibly in relation to society as a whole's tendency to simplify very complex things. And I suppose I was trying to be funny. If it fell flat, I'm sorry.


Edited at 2010-11-12 12:38 am (UTC)
j4 From: j4 Date: November 12th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect the size of your number depends on how broadly you paint with your intersex brush.

Mm. I'd expect the Intersex Association to have an interest in talking the number up as much as possible, so if they've gone for 1 in 2000, I'd guess that's the highest they could get it without lying... </cynic>

when everyone has a theory about the baby's gender, no-one ever seems to theorize in respect of none of the above

Well, htfb is convinced that it's an elephant, and several people have suggested that it might be a badger... does that count? :-}
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