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ANAHITA  July 1997

ANAHITA July 1997

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Re: references, and water and fire

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the Littlest Orc <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 4 Jul 1997 13:13:37 -0400

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JulieB sez:
>Actually, in the area of Africa where Pliny is supposed to have visited the
>birth defect cryptandridsim is more common  than elsewhere -- babies appear
>to be female and are well within the normal as far as outside plumbing
>goes, but around puberty the clitoris enlarges and the testicles drop.  You
>can tell between babies who are girls and who are cryptandric male babies
>if you have two related ones side by side but the differences are very
>slight indeed.
>
>Given that most crypts studied are attracted towards men, African girls
>married at puberty, and the husband is likely to have been the one to first
>see his wife's genitals, it's very likely that Pliny is reporting
>accurately.
>
>Just a little bit of medical trivia . . .

umm.  i worked for five years in the psychohormonal research unit at
johns hopkins hospital -- that is, the lab concerned with human sexology --
without ever encountering a disorder by that name or meeting that description.
nor could i find that term anywhere in the online medical abstracts, in an
alta vista search, or on the homepage of the intersex society of north
america.  could you provide some references, please?

--vicka

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