Hermaphrodite

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Hellenistic statue of Hermaphroditus.

In biology, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female sexes. The name derives from Hermaphroditus, a figure from Greek mythology.

The Japanese word for hermaphroditism is futanari, and futanari characters are often found in pornographic anime or manga. They are usually depicted as attractive girls or young women with feminine faces, breasts, penises, possibly also testicles, and possibly also a vulva. The vulva is not always present, which means futanari characters are not always hermaphrodites in the strict sense of the word.

Today, hermaphroditism is seen as a special case of a wider range of phenomena referred to as intersex, and the term hermaphroditism has fallen out of favor.

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