Several years ago, I read a piece of trivia in a popular science magazine1, which said pretty much exactly:
In the Middle Ages there were many cases where a newborn girl was born with a clitoris large enough to be mistaken for a penis2, and was subsequently assigned as male and raised as a boy. The mistake would became apparent only after she started menstruating and developing breasts.
Recently, I wanted to fact-check that and learn more, but:
- the magazine didn't cite relevant sources for each piece of trivia,
- for the life of me I can't construst even a basic Google query which would bring even remotely relevant results.
The magazine was right about several other pieces of trivia3, so I'm reasonably sure that this one wasn't fabricated.
Is anybody familiar with the topic?
1 Fortunately, I still have the magazine. Unfortunately, that magazine is about 550 kilometres away.
2 Which, as I learned in the meantime, is one of the more common intersex conditions.
3 Like Japanese fertility festival featuring an enormous wooden penis sculpture, belief that female orgasms were necessary for pregnancy, or Khoikhoi people having larger labia minora and buttocks.