Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge

18 June 2011

Two Mints In One

my friend Debra at
posted something really interesting about
the Native American concept of the human
who can have both the male & female
inside of them.
Please check out her blog for 
fabulous pictures.

In response to that,
I would like to post today
a link to a story at

Bilateral gynandromorphism: a fancy way of saying you’re (literally) half male and half female

According to the story,
this cannot happen
in the world of humans;
it is only an animal condition, wherein
"Some have chromosomes that are expressed internally, whereas a different set are expressed externally. Nature has many ways of combining genes, and some of these combinations evince a distinctly binary way of looking at the world. Such is the case with a genetic condition known as gynandromorphism."

I'm not totally convinced this only happens with non-human animals.

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Thanks for the shout-out! And I'm not convinced that gynandromorphism exists only among "animals". Last time I checked, humans were animals too. What about intersex people? They have both male and female chromosomes.