A 20-year-old university student from Pengshui county, Chongqing Municipality is facing a hard choice: to become a man or a woman after doctors at Southwest Hospital found that she is a hermaphrodite.
Zeng Jing, who was raised as a girl, came to the hospital with her mother for examinations where Doctor Lu Gensheng found Zeng has small breasts, small testis, no uterus, and both a vagina and a small “little brother.” He said Zeng can accept an operation to reshape her body as either male or female, but in either case she would never be fertile. …
When Zeng told doctors that if she could not be a complete woman, she would like to be a man. However, her mother strongly opposed the idea because Zeng was raised as a female for 20 years and if she became a man all their relatives would laugh at them. The university has told her they will accept her as a woman, but not as a man because it would be difficult to explain the change to her roommates. Zeng left the hospital on Saturday to think further about her uncertain future.
FIRST, our standard reminder that ‘hermaphrodite’ is neither biologically accurate nor a favoured term amongst intersex people.
Secondly, it is not appropriate that this intersex person should live a life of misery so that their relatives will not laugh at them.