A Revelation

July 8, 2008 at 9:55 am (Uncategorized)

From http://anthro.palomar.edu/abnormal/abnormal_5.htm

Metafemales, or triple-X females, inherit three X chromosomes–their genotype is XXX or more rarely XXXX or XXXXX.  As adults, these “super-females” are usually an inch or so taller than average with unusually long legs and slender torsos, but otherwise appear normal.  They have normal development of sexual characteristics and are fertile.  They may have slight learning difficulties and are usually in the low range of normal intelligence (especially the XXXX and XXXXX individuals).  They tend to be emotionally immature for their size during childhood.  This sometimes results in teachers and other adults labeling them as troublemakers.  None of these traits prevent them from being socially accepted as ordinary adult women.  This type of chromosomal abnormality is less rare than Turner syndrome, but little is known about it.  The frequency is approximately 1 in 1,000 female infants and it occurs more commonly when the mother is older. (Emphasis mine).

Sounds a lot like a fashion model, doesn’t it?



  1. zantimisfit said,

    HAH! I was thinking the exact thing before I even got to the last line of this post.

  2. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    Did you ever see the episode of House in which an ailing supermodel ends up actually being an XY with testicular feminization syndrome?

    It seems that everyone suspects deep down that models are freaks.

  3. Eve L. said,

    I was thinking the same thing when I got to “taller than usual”.

  4. Ten Feet of Steel said,

    Actually, this makes me think of Nicole Kidman.

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