According to Ovid , he was born a remarkably handsome boy with whom the naiad Salmacis fell in love and prayed to be united forever. A god, in answer to her prayer, merged their two forms into one and transformed them into an androgynous form. Hermaphroditus' name is the basis for the word hermaphrodite. Hermaphroditus, the two-sexed child of Aphrodite and Hermes Venus and Mercury had long been a symbol of androgyny or effeminacy, and was portrayed in Greco-Roman art as a female figure with male genitals.
The 18 year-old is facing a humiliating gender verification test after becoming a world champion with the fifth fastest m time in history at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The International Association of Athletics Federations requested the gender test on Semenya three weeks ago after she ran a time of IAAF spokesman Nick Davies confirmed the tests were taking place, though he said the results would not be confirmed for several weeks. Mr Davies said it had not been suggested that Semenya was a man who had cheated by concealing his true sex, but that she could suffer from a genetic disorder which means she has both male and female chromosomes. Semenya to face sex test.
Neither, of course, is true; but try telling that to the internet. The email continues, quoting Sean Combs and RuPaul on the topic, and analysis of the status of gay and transgender people in the hip hop community. There are many versions of this rumor circulating.
Glam diva Lady Gaga real name Stefani Joanne Germanotta has joined the ranks of female celebrities reputed to be hermaphrodites people born with ambiguous genitalia or different genitalia than their chromosomes denote their gender as being. A less subtle variant of the rumor simply claims that Lady Gaga is a man who dresses as a woman i. Simmering rumors of Gaga's intersexuality boiled over in after a fan posted a YouTube video showing a little "something extra" peeking out from under the singer's miniskirt during a summer performance in Glastonbury. The quality of the video is too poor to tell precisely what that "something" is.