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"Look—as far as I'm concerned, Steady Freddy can put on falsies and go woo the hermaphrodite vote in Quartz."
―Cordelia's thoughts on playing politics[src]

Hermaphrodites were a genetically-altered subspecies of humans with both male and female organs, created approximately 200 years BMVK during the rush of experimentation brought on by the invention of the uterine replicator[1]. Beta Colony had a population of hermaphrodites, most of whom lived in the community Quartz. Hermaphrodites often preferred to be referred to by the gender-neutral "it" rather than "he", "him", "she", or "her".[2]

Bel Thorne was probably the best-known hermphrodite in the Vorkosigan Saga[2].


Unlike the ba of Cetaganda[3], who had no sex organs at all[4], Betan hermaphrodites had dual sex organs[4].

Behind the scenesEdit

There exists speculation that hermaphrodites were created with an extra chromosome, called the Z chromosome. There is no textev for this beyond the fact that Cetagandan Haut and Ba had such a system (mentioned in Diplomatic Immunity). No known authorial statements exist to confirm this belief, however.

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