In class last week, we discussed how men hold the privilege in society over women, who are the ‘other’. I think that this idea has interesting implications in Fausto-Sterling’s article “Should There Only Be Two Sexes?”. Fausto-Sterling described how many hermaphrodites had gender reconstructive surgery to become female, as opposed to male. It struck me how parents seemed so eager to make their children females when they had the option of making them male. Logically, one would think that a parent would want their child to be raised a male if possible because of the privilege they would receive over females. Of course, the fact that it is easier to remove things from the body than grow them undoubtedly affects the decision. However, this makes it seem as though the parents are more concerned with making their child fit into a sex category than how that sex category will affect the child’s life. This suggests that, if you are in between sexes, you are even less privileged than if you are a female.
Source: Fausto-Sterling “Should There Only Be Two Sexes?” (anecdotes on pages 80, 84, 92)