In denouncing girls' education for not being equal to that of boys in the essay "Joshi kyōiku ni taisuru kibō" ("Expectations of Girls' Education," 1896), women's rights advocate Shimizu Shikin (1868-1933) uses the trope of the intersexual strategically to displace the body as site of difference. In this essay, she imagines a hypothetical intersexual in his/her "perfectly formed body," and later uses this figure as the paradigm for several characters in her short stories-- characters that are sympathetically portrayed. Shikin severs the causal link between sex and gender, thereby refuting the popular notion that behavior is rooted in the body. In this paper, I focus on the trope of intersexuality in reading the female subject not only in Shikin's work but elsewhere. The paradigm of intersexuality as an alternative to the sex/gender binary provides a view of a counter discourse that competed with that of sexology and medical science, the increasingly dominant forms of "knowledge" in this field during the 1910s and 20s.