Shemale (also known as she-male) is a term primarily used in sex work to describe a trans woman with male genitalia and female secondary sex
characteristics, usually including breasts from breast augmentation or use of hormones. Many transgender people regard the term shemale as offensive,
arguing that it mocks or shows a lack of respect toward the gender identity and gender expression of transgender individuals;
in this view, the term emphasizes the biological sex of a person and neglects their gender. Using the term shemale for a transsexual
woman often implies that she is working in the sex trade. The phrase is commonly used in pornography.
Some biologists have used shemale to refer to male non-human animals displaying female traits or behaviors, such as female pheromones being given
off by male reptiles.Biologist Joan Roughgarden has criticized the use of the term in the reptile literature, which she says is
"degrading and has been borrowed from the porn industry.She writes that gynomorphic male and andromorphic female are preferred in scientific
I hope future work on these animals is carried out with more professionalism.
The term is also used by some psychologists to refer to male-to-female transsexual people who have transitioned to female but have not undergone