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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Male and Female God Created Them

Male and Female God Created Them

Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1–6:8)

(p.11) One Male and Female God Created Them
Torah Queeries

Margaret Moers Wenig

NYU Press

This chapter challenges the biblical assumption that gender identity is neatly divided into immutable categories of “male” and “female.” This categorization is flawed because not all human beings were created wholly male or female. Scientists estimate that 1.7 percent of infants are born intersexed with their chromosomes, internal reproductive organs, or external genitalia not consistently male or female but some combination of the two. Moreover, some people do not identify with the gender in which they appear to have been “created.” Some people who are born with consistently male genes and anatomy or with consistently female genes and anatomy choose to live as the opposite of their gender.

Keywords:   gender identity, male, female, intersexed, external genitalia, gender

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