Herm

Hermaphrodite

Gender
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Hermaphrodite, one of six standard hu genders, the others being male, merm, ferm, female, and neut. Herms have both male and female sexual organs, but their secondary sexual characteristics vary from individual to individual, ranging from fully male to fully female or a mixture between the two.
Future genders
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When occurring naturally among baselines and other hu clades (usually in prim or other non nanotech environments) this is most often caused by an unusual condition whereby both testicular and ovarian tissue develop. Chromosomes may be either XX, XY, or a mosaic of the two. More usually, as a fashion or lifestyle choice or clade or peer mark, a combination of bionano, nanomedibots, and specific hormone treatment are used to alter the gender. Hermophroditism is a common and natural condition among many terragen and xenobiotic life-forms.

Common gender definitions

The following table should only be used as a rule of thumb for
identification and use of gender, primarily for hominid, or at least
mammalian, clades.



Can naturally bear children? (ie, has female primary sexual
characteristics)
Can naturally contribute genetic material to others' borne
offspring? (ie, has male primary sexual characteristics)
Has female secondary sex characteristics? (eg, in humans,
enlarged breasts and lack of facial hair. Non-hominid clades often use
a different variety of features to make this differentiation: manes,
tusks, antlers, colours, etc.)
herm yes yes yes
herm yes yes no
female yes no yes
ferm yes no no
merm no yes yes
male no yes no
neut no no yes
neut no no no


 
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  • Asexuality - Text by Michael Beck
    Many subsapient organisms (a number of types of lower animals, plants, and microbes) are asexual and reproduce by rhizomes, by budding or fission. Several alien sapient species are asexual. Some terragen sapients likewise choose the option of asexual bodysculpting so as not having a sex at all. Asexuals feel that the whole sex thing is too complex and problematic, better to just the whole thing out of the way. Any bodymod can do this, they are referred to as "hir" and "shhe" when a specific (gender) pronoun is required. Asexuals can and do love platonicaly and feel joy at having children, but they don't feel lust.
  • Ferm
  • Merm
  • Neut
  • Pronouns, Anglish
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese

Initially published on 07 November 2001.