“Abnormally developed fish, possessing both male and female characteristics, have been discovered in the Potomac River…raising alarms that the river is tainted by pollution that drives hormone systems haywire. The fish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, are naturally males but for some reason are developing immature eggs inside their sex organs… [Representatives] at area utilities said there was no evidence that tap water taken from the Potomac was unsafe to drink.”
– The Washington Post, Sept. 6, 2006
Normally when people are born they are placed into specific categories that allow them to function in the world that has already been set up. They are told what to eat, how to speak, what people would make great friends. Yet, they never really pay much mind to something that was never really discussed way back to before they were born. No on has ever really discussed sex and how it affects people when really it is simply another form of classification that is assumed; has to be followed otherwise something terrible might happen.
When I read this exert I saw how much drastic effort people put upon something as simple as the sex of a living mammal that would be later killed and eaten anyway. People were convinced that if a living breathing thing was not one sex or the other than that something is drastically wrong and needs to be readjusted. They believed that if they ate this simple little fish that they would contract something and thus maybe turn androgynous themselves or maybe pass it on to their children. When in fact being androgynous is not a fatal case that can harm anyone. It is something that happens to animals and humans alike. It was even proven in studies that they tested the water in that nothing was wrong or out of place. Nothing was abnormal or diseased filled.
There are 2% of the human population that are dealing with being androgynous and/or either because they were fixed at birth or had surgery to correct themselves later do they come out and tell people. Some never even know that they were fixed because medical professionals refuse to tell them, because of the mental stress they think it would cause. Parents believe that being like everyone else is the safest and most effective way of living, so when told by doctors that their child is something other they panic and make rash decision. Decisions that are not fully in their own right to make, and could later psychologically damage them more than if they had told them or let the child decide at a later date when mentally ready.
So based upon such harsh criticism straight out of the womb, it is no wonder why people frown upon or pass judgement so easily upon androgyny and people who are born with two reproductive parts. Though, the fact that these same people could be your friend, co-worker, or even relative and never know it is possible. & they can function on a daily basis without a soul knowing either. What you are born with does not define who you are; its what you think of yourself as that defines you and those around you.