The sad story of, Herculine Barbin,
November 8, 1838, February 1868.
Herculine was a French intersex person who was assigned female at birth and raised in a convent, but was later reclassified as male by a court of law, after an affair and physical examination.
In February 1868, the concierge of Barbin's house in rue de l'École-de-Médecine found her dead in her home. She had died by suicide by inhaling gas from her coal gas stove.
Herculine Barbin's memoirs were found beside her bed,
A poem she wrote.
“You are to be pitied more than I, perhaps.
I soar above all your innumerable miseries, partaking of the nature of the angels; for, as you have said, my place is not in your narrow sphere.
You have the Earth, I have boundless space.
Enchained here below by the thousand bonds of your gross,
material senses, your spirits cannot plunge into that limpid ocean of the infinite, where, lost for a day upon your arid shores, my soul drinks deep.”
According to her account, she had a crush on an aristocratic female friend in school.
She regarded herself as unattractive but sometimes slipped into her friend's room at night and was sometimes punished for that. However, her studies were successful and in 1856, at the age of seventeen she was sent to Le Chateau to study to become a teacher. There she fell in love with one of the teachers.
Although Barbin was in puberty, she had not begun to menstruate and remained flat chested. The hairs on her upper lip and cheeks were noticeable. In 1857 Barbin received a position as an assistant teacher in a girls' school. She fell in love with another teacher, Sara. Her ministrations turned into caresses and they became lovers. Eventually rumours about their affair began to circulate.
Barbin, began to suffer excruciating pains. When a doctor examined her, he was shocked and asked that she should be sent away from the school, but she stayed.
Eventually, the devoutly Catholic Barbin confessed to Jean-François-Anne Landriot, the Bishop of La Rochelle. She asked him permission to break the confessional silence in order to send for a doctor to examine her. When Dr. Chesnet did so in 1860, he discovered that even if Barbin had a small vagina, she had a masculine body type, a very small penis, and testicles inside her body. In 20th-century medical terms, she had "male pseudohermaphroditism".
A later legal decision declared officially that Barbin was male. She left her lover and her job, changed her name to Abel Barbin and was briefly mentioned in the press. She moved to Paris where she lived in poverty and wrote her memoirs, reputedly as a part of therapy.
In the memoirs, Barbin would use female pronouns when writing about her life prior to sexual re-designation and male pronouns, including Alexina and Camille, following the declaration. Nevertheless, she clearly regarded herself as punished, and "disinherited", subject to a "ridiculous inquisition".
In his commentary to Barbin's memoirs, Michel Foucault presented Barbin as an example of the "happy limbo of a non-identity", but whose masculinity marked her from her contemporaries. Morgan Holmes states that Barbin's own writings showed that she saw herself as an "exceptional female", but female nonetheless.
Most men inherit a single X chromosome from their mother, and a single Y chromosome from their father. Men with Klinefelter syndrome inherit an extra X chromosome from either father or mother; their karyotype is 47 XXY. Klinefelter is quite common, occurring in 1/500 to 1/1,000 male births.
The testes are small (about half typical size) and quite firm. After puberty, the ejaculate contains no sperm. Other effects of Klinefelter are quite variable. Boys with Klinefelter are usually born with male genitals that look like other boys. But at puberty, they may not virilize very strongly, they may not develop much body hair, or they may experience breast development. If the boy wishes to virilize, (to develop male characteristics) testosterone (either through injections or via patches) can help him to do so.
Although most boys with Klinefelter Syndrome grow up to live as men, some do develop a typical gender-dentity, and some do develop female gender identities.
The illustration below represents a Citex humanoid of the future, neither male or female.
Agender is a term which can be literally translated as 'without gender'. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity. People who identify as agender may describe themselves as one or more of the following: Gender-less or lacking gender.
An androgyne is a person who does not fit cleanly into the typical gender roles of his or her society. Androgynes may identify as beyond gender, between genders, moving across genders, entirely gender-less, or any combination or all of these. Partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.
Bigender is a gender identity which can be literally translated as 'two genders' or 'double gender'. Bigender people experience exactly two gender identities, either simultaneously or varying between the two. These two gender identities could be male and female, but could also include non-binary identities.
Cisgender (sometimes cissexual, often abbreviated to simply cis) is a term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth. For example, someone who identifies as a woman and was assigned female at birth is a cisgender woman. The term cisgender is the opposite of the word transgender.
Male and Female in the year 2080
By 2075 5% of biological humans become upgraded to the first stage of astrophysical entities, whereupon procreation becomes a thing of the past, all new life is created in smart environments.
Three types of intelligence exist:
1. Cyborg Astrophysical humans
3. CITEX Artificial intelligent humanoids
In 2080 the sex of biological humans still exists on a bimodal biological spectrum, just like gender exists on a bimodal sociological spectrum. While most identify as either female or male, by this time there are many more intersex who prefer to take on the role of being neither male or female, just an in-between, whilst trans individuals who's identities are just as valid and real, they take on a more defined outline portraying their preferred representation of expression, being either male or female.
There is no longer a need for portraying an image of male or female by 2080, however individuals possess the ability to manifest the image they wish to portray. In The Other World 90% of the inhabitants are ambiguous in appearance. The inhabitants do not need to procreate because all new life is created in smart invironments; however these people still are sensual in their nature and get pleasure from sensitive touch reaching high states of prolonged charged arousal, they do not need a partner to achieve this. Their genitalia is neat and small and portrays the feminine appearance but is not female. Their body is feminine in shape with small breasts, but physically much stronger than a female on Planet Earth in the year 2030.
On EARTH too much emphasis was placed on ‘gender’ in early years, and it was frowned upon to change your gender. The saying was, 'you are what you are', and with a rapid growing technology by 2070 gender becomes undetectable, and gender issues become a thing of the past.
In the time of Herculine Barbin, surgeons only possessed crude methods of changing ones gender, and without being able to wave a magic wand it was impossible to alter every subtle facial and body detail that was required. This is no longer an issue in 2070 where no male or female actually exist, all people are known as, ‘one-life’, where individuals can take on the image that best suits their individual personality and character.
On Earth in the year 2020 humans live in an unforgiving World where image is everything, if you look different it's not always tolerated, one has to portray the right image of a man or a woman to walk freely and to be accepted by society, if you don't visually look right or you look an inbetweenie, more often than not you'll not fit in. At best you could be laughed at and ridiculed, and at worst you could even be physically assaulted.
The Superior Cat
I don’t know why I’m a cat
but I am and that’s that
I can scratch, and I can bite
and I can jump and I can fight
I can give those dogs a good fright
I show my claws and show their size
I stand my ground and roll my eyes
the dogs just scratch their heads in surprise
my fur fluffed up in disguise
It’s just a game I love to play
I am superior by the way
I’m told I’m fluffy and cute every day
you’ll hear me purring in a calm relaxed way
that’s why I’m a cat
and I am, and that’s that