Humans with undeveloped or absent gential equipment

Image from Steve Bowers

One of six standard hu genders, the others being female, ferm, herm, merm, and male. Neuts have reduced their genital equipment to an undeveloped state, or removed them altogether.
Future genders
Image from Arik
Popular among extreme religious and monastic clades, and various eccentric and situationist groups clades and movements, and (as a temporary or permanent choice) lifestyle transmogrifists.

Neut modifications are (of course) not inheritable.

Common Gender Definitions

The following table should only be used as a rule of thumb for identification and use of gender, primarily for human-derived clades and to a lesser extent for other clades of Terragen mammalian origin.

Can naturally bear children? (ie, has female primary sexual
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
  • Herm
  • Merm
  • Pronouns, Anglish
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese, Steve Bowers

Initially published on 09 December 2001.