Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Manifesto

From: Ivan Van Laningham (
Date: 31 Oct 2005

Hi All--

Michael Robison wrote:
> Ivan Van Laningham wrote:
> "Hermaphrodite" is not a very accurate term, either;
> it implies that the person has full, functioning male
> and female genitalia. That is almost never the case;
> usually, the person will exhibit a complex of
> characteristics, often with one set of traits mostly
> dominant. "Intersexed" is the preferred term; it
> doesn't have the baggage other terms do.
> ***************
> Gary Jenning's RAPTOR features a hermaphrodite
> protagonist. A fine hardboiled epic of the Gothic
> conquest of Rome.

I assume that Jennings uses the term "hermaphrodite" himself and in the book, and writes (to judge from the amazon reviews) Thorn as a person with full, functioning male and female genitalia. This just isn't medically very likely, but what can one expect from a science fiction potboiler?

Metta, Ivan
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