Share
Merm
Future genders
Image from Arik
One of six standard hu genders, the others being male, herm, ferm, female, and neut. A merm is a male individual with the secondary sexual characteristics of a female.

Male Pseudohermophroditism

Gender
Image from Steve Bowers
When occurring naturally among baselines and other hu clades (usually in prim or other non nanotech environments) this is male pseudohermophroditism, most often caused by a defective gene that prevents genetically male (XY chromosome) fetuses from absorbing androgen. The foetus develops testes, but otherwise continues to develop along female lines, although the vagina is often underdeveloped and there is no uterus.

In the current era the merm gender occurs most frequently as a fashion or lifestyle choice, or as a clade or peer mark. A combination of bionano, nanomedibots, and specific hormone treatments are used to alter the apperance and sex of the individual concerned. Nonsexual merms may feel "gender neutral" and often prefer the company of other merms, while sexual merms have a range of sexual behaviours open to them.

The following table can be used as a rule of thumb for identification and use of gender-related pronouns, 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


Personal Weapons
Image from Anders Finer (copyright)
A merm with the secondary sexual characteristics of a female, despite male sexual organs.


 
Related Articles
 
Appears in Topics
 
Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese

Initially published on 08 December 2001.

 
 
>