“Norrie, 48, was born in
“But this did not work out for Norrie as zie (gender-neutral pronoun) did not feel comfortable living solely as a female so zie ceased lifelong hormone treatment and took up a neuter identity which is neither male nor female, resisting any further female or male normalisation.
“In January 2010 doctors declared that they were unable to determine Norrie as either male or female as zie has no gonads, the hormonal system was atypically male or female, and Norrie’s psychological identity was neuter.”
Such legislation is a step forwards for the respect for personal autonomy and for human enhancement. It acknowledges the right of individuals not merely to choose whether to be male or female, but to choose something in between or different. It allows fine tuning of sexual choice. And given people’s different psychology, anatomy and physiology, it is likely to enhance their lives.
I have written elsewhere about the principles which should govern such controversial choices (Savulescu, J. (2007). ‘Autonomy, the Good Life, and Controversial Choices’. In
Norrie has opted, reportedly, for neither sex. In the future, there may be some who opt for both sexes. And such choices may be right. If enhancement technologies radically progress, people will be able to choose any shade of grey. Your sex would be your choice. You might have the best or worst of both worlds.