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Intersex Traits Are Not All That Uncommon, Says Science

Intersex Traits Are Not All That Uncommon, Says Science

While many of us are brought up to believe there are only two sexes and therefore two genders, our society is quickly becoming non-binary. Nothing is simply black or white, there are 50-plus shades of everything.

And according to Stephen Rosenthal, a pediatric specialist at University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, "Our world is so binary, because it's easier that way. It's easier to be a Republican or a Democrat or gay or straight or transgender or cisgender, whatever."

"It's wonderful that… there are more and more people who are coming out and saying, 'I am not on one end of the spectrum or the other.'"

With the acknowledgement of its first non-binary citizen in Oregon, the U.S. has begun to create new gender "norms." But, according to science, our country's seemingly progressive actions are not really as profound as one might think. In fact, studies show that, at least in regards to gender, the binary system just isn't factual.

To be more specific, about 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 2,000 people "are born with an uncommon permutation of the many things medical professionals typically look to — like anatomy, chromosomes and hormones — to establish a person's physical sex," TIME continued. In other words, intersex traits, while less common, are not that uncommon.

Check out the BuzzFeed video below to meet a few who identify as "intersexy":

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