Secondary Sexual Characteristics

Secondary Sexual Characteristics - man and women stand side by side

The primary sexual characteristics are the genitals (penis and testes in males, vagina and ovaries in females) and their direct connections that are responsible for the sexual act and reproduction. The secondary sexual characteristics are all the other features that are peculiar to one sex or the other and that develop only after puberty.

In the male examples include a beard and body hair, and in the female breasts and the characteristic hourglass figure. The pubic hair also differs in its distribution between the sexes, being diamond shaped in males and triangular in females.

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