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Seven Names for the SAME thing: Penis, Phallus, Clitoris, Phalloclitoris, Micropenis, Microphalus, and Clitoromegaly

8 Dec 2019 00:12:35
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Few realize this simple scientific fact: In the developing fetus, the same spot that develops into a typical clitoris or penis is called the Genital Tubercle.  

As you can see below, the genitals are very much the same in appearance from 9 to 11 weeks gestation.  Below, I  share pictures for “Baby 2 See“.  Baby 2 See shows how similar the genitals are in fetal development.    Unless you have a very rare form of intersex, where no reproduction parts or gonads develop at all.  As you can clearly see below, it is a myth that all embryos start out as female.  We literally appear the same, but without the development of gonads (ovaries, testicles, or both), at this point.  The physical body at this point is very neutral and neither male or female.

Above Images Borrowed from: Baby 2 See

Below, to show the similarities of these two structures,  I will share the picture of a typically developed clitoris and a penis:

 Along with a glands and outer top, The typical clitoris has two sides, that wrap around the vaginal and urethral opening.   In many ways, it is just an internal penis.  Here is a typical penis, showing that it, too, is two-sided.  But this time these two sides have merged together, to form the shaft of the penis, instead of splitting in two like a wishbone.  The photo below borrowed from the article:  The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

As you can see both the clitoris and the penis have a Corpus Cavenosum or Copora Cavenosa (same thing) and a glans (the head).  The head of both, are known to have the same number of nerve endings (unless of course a person is circumcised, or undergoes clitoral reduction, or amputation).   On their own and without medical intervention, one is not superior over the other.  Making one superior to the other is a cultural invention.  You can read more about the clitoris here:  The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris.

Both the penis and the clitoris can become erect, engorged with blood, and sexually aroused.  Obviously, one becomes erect to the outside world, for penetration.  While the clitoris becomes erect, internally with its outer glands,  for its normal sexual function.  

As you can see above, the penis and the clitoris are very similar.

The above photo is borrowed from Free Global University: Penis Vagina

Wikipedia.org Penile-Clitoral Structure

Picture borrowed from: Med Scape: Corporal bodies of the penis.

When does the name of a Genital Tubercle change?

Here is what happens with the development of the Genital Tubercle in some forms of intersex:

With intersex, there are seven names for the same thing.  The name mostly dependent on the gender of the person and what “authorities” or “medical experts” decide.  The naming of this part is very subjective and often even based on “expert” opinion.

Both the clitoris and the penis,  have the capability to orgasm as normal sexual function.  I repeat to make a point, that these two structures (the clitoris and penis) develop from the SAME SPOT in a developing fetus (the genital tubercle).

In some people with intersex variations, the name of this SAME structure, the Genital Tubercle, in their developing fetus, at birth can later be named:  

  1. Penis
  2. Phallus
  3. Clitoris
  4. Phaloclitoris
  5. Micropenis
  6. Microphallus
  7. Clitoromegaly   

These differences in humans are naturally occurring and are NOT a defect.  Intersex variations are as common as redheads.  That is as common as 1 in 1500 births (if not possibly more).   The United Nations statistics indicate that Intersex effects 1.7% of the world’s population.  If the world’s population is 7.6 Billion, this would mean 129 million people are born intersex.  We are not “rare”.  

The Prader Scale: Image borrowed from: Intersex Roadshow and Emerick, 2012.

The above diagram shows the Prader Scale of virilization of some forms of intersex.  Sad to say, all too often an infant’s  body born with a vagina, and who are also prader 1 to prader 4, they are called a “disorder”, or a “psychosocial emergency”.  Surgery is often done to correct the “problem”.   In our past, culture used to celebrate the birth of such a child. Needless to say, now in many cultures, this is called a “curse”.

Why would these variations to the genital tubercle happen?

One cause of this form of intersex is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.  Another cause for growth could be Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (and there are different degrees to PCOS).  A third is that the person is taking, or being exposed to androgens, or testosterone.  This can happen to some transgender men even.  There are even more, causes like Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, both partial and complete, in a fetus, and other intersex variations.  Bottom line, the growth of the genital tubercle can grow to appear almost like a penis, and this can occur during fetal development, adolescence, or with exposure to androgens at any time in life.

THE WALL OF VAGINA:

Here is an interesting art exhibition (The Great Wall of Vagina) created to demonstrate the vast variety of people out there.  Some of these vaginas belong to women, and they say some belong to transgender men.   So just imagine the changes an intersex person can be born with, that are not shown on this wall.  The reason why they are not seen, nowadays, likely because very few intersex people are saved from “normalizing” surgeries.  Please note these vaginas are only is a reflection of external anatomy, and doesn’t share what is anatomically going on inside of that person.  For example: If one of these vaginas belonged to an XY intersex woman with androgen insensitivity, they could have internal testis.

Hypospadias

Last, there are also forms of intersex where the urethral opening does not always develop at the tip of the penis.  This is known as Hypospadias.  The urethra can occur anywhere on the shaft of the penis.   These babies often undergo surgery to simply be able to stand to pee, and for their penis look the model of “perfection”.   Which often leads to a lifetime of surgeries, pain, and suffering.   You can read more about Hypospadias at Intersex Roadshow: Hypospadias:  Intersexuality and Gender Politics.   In the video below you can hear  Tiger Devore, Ph.D., talk about his life story.  He has survived the horrific consequences of doctors fixing their hypospadias condition, simply so he could stand to pee:  Tiger Devore, Ph.D.: The Interface Project.

Here is a diagram of the different types of Hypospadias:

Picture borrowed from Intersex Roadshow.

I will end this blog with The Problem of HUMAN CULTURE

The biggest problem with human culture right now, and with the medical community,  is that we are considering these harmless natural variations of the human body as wrong.  And then they label these natural variations a  pathology, defect, syndrome, or a disorder.  So, at the birth of an intersex baby, this causes great social anxiety for the doctors and parents.  That leads to these natural variations undergoing unnecessary, damaging cosmetic genital surgeries.

Truth is, natural variations of the human body do not need “fixed”, and cosmetic surgery should never happen to a non-consenting child or person.

Once again, I also mention that gender has nothing to do with our genitals.  So it is a tragedy all around if they raise us the wrong gender, simply because our genitals did not live up to these perfect standards of “normal”.  When in reality, no one appears the same below.  Gender is like one’s personality, it cannot, nor can it ever be created by surgery.

There are thousands of intersex people, in this world, who are NOT happy about the medical and surgical interventions that have happened to them.  Can society change culture to allow the existence of intersex people again?  I think so.  

It is time to stop the genital mutilations of intersex babies.  It is time to end cultural dysphoria and to end the torture.  These ten human rights organizations say it is time to give self-determination to the intersex child and wait and see if they need surgery or not when they group up.  


A HUGE Thank you to Vielma for helping me to educate this world!

Human Genital Diversity is beautiful!  Vielma Captures this in her sculptures.

Prepared by Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez Gender/INTERSEX Activist: Educator, Writer & Visionary

Published on https://anunnakiray.com/