In ancient Greece, people worshiped the God Hermaphroditus, said to be the child of the God and Goddess of sexuality, one of the winged Gods Erotes. Born with both male and female genitalia, Hermaphroditus was God of hermaphrodites and effeminates. It was from this God that we got the term Hermaphrodite. Originally, the term meant “person partaking of the attributes of both sexes,” but in the century since it developed instead into a slur, a cruel insult used to degrade those who don’t act or look stereotypically masculine or feminine. It’s also a misleading term; true hermaphroditism doesn’t exist in humans. There has never been, and scientifically cannot be, a human with functioning male and female genitalia together.