Best Non-Medical Description of a Hermaphrodite

The medical literature abounds with descriptions of the various types of hermaphroditism. Sometimes a good nonmedical description is produced. Perhaps the best is that in Henry Spender Ashbee’s “Catena Librorum Tacendorum”. The “woman,’ was fairly attractive. Ashbee said – “She was about twenty years of age, rather pretty, and quite womanly, with beautiful eyes, a good complexion, and fair hair; her nose was rather masculine and her mouth rather rough and large, with bad teeth; her chest was expansive, and her breasts well developed; the lower part of the legs slightly bowed, and masculine. She possessed, m appearance at least, the organs of both sexes, but neither perfect, a small penis, as in a lad of twelve or fourteen years, and testicles however, not perforated. Underneath the testicles was what seemed to be a perfect female vestibule, of which the opening was, however, only large enough to allow her to pass water, but not to receive a man, or even to admit the insertion of the end of a quill… she had no monthly flow, but felt, nevertheless, a periodic indisposition; she experienced pleasures in the embraces of both sexes, and had even an erection when with a sympathetic female. She could not, of course, satisfy her desires. ”

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