How Do You Define Sex - How Do You Define Sex

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By Emma Wilkinson  BBC News health reporter  Reports suggest that gender tests on 800m world champion Caster Semenya have shown both male  and female characteristics.  The results are still to be examined by a team of experts and it is likely to be a few weeks before the IAAF  confirms the reports or announces further detail.  The delay highlights the complexity involved in diagnosing intersex conditions, an umbrella term for a wide  range of developmental differences in the reproductive and sexual systems in the body.  How do you define sex?  Peter Bowen-Simpkins, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and an  expert in these conditions, explains there are four types of sex.  There is your phenotype, which is what you look like, your psychological sex, which is what you feel like and  which usually the same as your phenotype and related to how you have been brought up.  There is also your gonadal sex which is whether you have ovaries or testicles and your chromosomal sex  which is what combination of x or y chromosomes you have.  It is the chromosomes that direct, through the production of hormones, the development of a baby in the  womb down a male or female route.  A diagnosis of an intersex condition is not just based on anatomy but is dependent on genetic, hormonal and 
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2011 for the course UGS 303 taught by Professor Foster during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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