The Greek Poet and
writer of Comedies Aristophanes (445-385 B.C.) relates an
ancient myth to the effect that man was originally created as
male and female united in one body, in which form he continued
to live for many centuries until he around the jealousy of the
Olympian gods, who as punishment for his vanity separated him
into entities man and woman. And since that, time, the
great satirist adds, man and woman have been forever pursuing
each other and are discontented until in wedlock they become,
once more one body.
The myth, probably a
Greek adaptation of a much older Semitic legend for instance,
that of Adam and Eve, gave rise to the idea that the first man
was a hermaphrodite, that is, a being in whose body there are
present both male and female generative organs
It seems, therefore
that the phenomenon of hermaphroditism, which underlies these
myths and sagas, was known in the earliest periods of human
history. And the problem presented by the abnormality is
still today one of the enigmas which biology has been unable to
All that is known as
to how the sex characteristics develop in the period before
birth is that, in case of either sex, the external genitals are
not differentiated until the third month, when the embryo has
reached the fetal stage. It seems that the failure of the
forces active in the development of the fertilized ovum at any
time during the growth of the fetes results in the production of
organs resembling those of the other sex, depending upon the
time at which the check has taken place.
known in three forms: bilateral, unilateral and lateral,
The most common form of this abnormality is said to be the
lateral the number of cases in which the proof afforded is
unassailable is how ever, exceedingly small.
hermaphrodisism, occurring more frequently in men than in women,
consists of a more or less complete fusion of the genitals, and
the accompanying profusion lends the external part the
appearance of a female organ. The general conformation of
the body, as well as absence of the normal hair distribution,
tends to increase the impression of femini-nity in these
In the lower animals
perfect types of hermaphroditism are not unusual, especially in
those that are relatively low in the scale of evolution.
Some of the lowest species are exclusively hermaphrodites, each
individual being both male and female itself fertilizing itself
and bringing forth its young without copulation with any other
individual, in none of the human hermaphrodites does this ever
occur; they are unable to perform the functions of both sexes,
not even when the semblance of double sex is most complete.
REMARKABLE CASE OF
THE SEX CONTRADICTIONS
The most interesting
case of pseudo-hermaphroditism which has come to the public
attention is that of Alieen and Claude, the double-bodied people
who have been on public exhibition for some years creating
something of a worldwide sensation. Viewed from the right
side these men-women present the perfect profiles of normal men,
while viewed from the left they are normal women, a delicately
molded hand, small gracefully formed feet, and fully developed
breasts. The right breasts are shaped like a man.
Aileen and Claude were
born in Northern California in 1907 to normal parents. At
the time of birth Aileen was thought to be a girl and Claude a
boy. We were dressed and treated respectively until the
age of twelve years and eight months when one side of our bodies
began to grow out of proportion to that of the other. The
family physician was called and it was then that our parents
depressed our strange condition.
We go in for sports
and enjoy life in every way. We have many friends of both
sexes, and though we usually appear in male clothes, we don
female attire, just for the fun of it. And partly we
sometimes believe as the result of the feminine impulse craving
for emotional expression.
from man to woman, a sort of Jekyll and Hyde adventure, affords
us much pleasure and amusement, or enchanted realm with new
prerogatives and outlooks upon life. As women with an
"innocence abroad: veneer, we find pleasurable ratification in
the admiring and challenging glances of the "Dethroned masters
of creation". The "eternal feminine" attracts us, although
we are partial to the company of men. From this you see
the Claude and Aileen are very interesting individuals not only
as "Double-bodied people" but as person blessed with modesty and
simplicity of mind. We like Democritus the "laughing
philosopher" a life in this case further beautified by freedom
those passions which bring so much unhappiness in ordinary
Aileen and Claude are
willing subjects for scientific research and spend much of their
time in clinics and before classes in medical colleges giving
scientists and students an opportunity to study this amazing
QUESTIONS PUT TO US
1. Are you man or
A. We are half of
each, one side male and one side female.
2. Are you married?
A. No. We are
3. What sex do you
lean to most?
A. To the male sex.
4. How do you dress on
A. Sometimes as male
and sometimes as female.
5. Can you have
A. No. We
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