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Nicolas Fernicola Perspectives of the Individual 12 September 2007 Professor Schmid The Five Sexes In “The Five Sexes”, author Anne Fausto-Sterling, talks about the broad spectrum of terms that determine gender. Throughout the essay the differences between men and women are highlighted, as well as what makes one masculine or feminine. Sterling describes attributes which society views as gender specific and relates them to those who themselves are not necessarily one specific gender. The question is what makes one man or women. I feel that there are specific criteria that allow one to be categorized both biologically and socially. In a biological sense, the anatomy of an individual certainly plays a major role, a male must have testis, a penis, a prostate, and seminal glands in order to reproduce, just as a woman needs a vaginal canal, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. As for other characteristics such as breasts, facial hair, a clitoris, body shape, and size, these don’t necessarily make your
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CORE 2008 taught by Professor Akinsanya during the Spring '08 term at Fairleigh Dickinson.

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