Articles by Leslie J

Musing on binary essentialism

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There’s definitely something stirring in the ether. Claire Ainsworth was first out of the traps with their article in Nature, openly stating that science has known for years that sex is a spectrum, and nothing like the immutable binary that everyone is told about in class, all the way from primary school thru to med….
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Reflections

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I am quite sure every empire that has ever bestrode the world believed it would last forever. They never do. The hubris that informs such sure and certain beliefs hold the seeds that hasten their downfall. During 2005 a group of clinicians from around the world, and a single US activist, met in a Chicago…
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Knowledge is power

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It is a truism of all social reform movements that the message of change has to be constantly repeated and reinforced to ensure it remains in people’s minds. Present-day attitudes toward intersex embodiment did not spring out of thin air. They have a provenance, a history. In order to address how we have got here,…
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Ground-Breaking Legislation in Malta

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A Landmark Moment in the Struggle for Intersex Rights The Maltese Government became the first legislative body in the world to acknowledge the human rights issues surrounding intersex when it launched a consultation exercise for it’s proposed Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill (GIGESC) in October this year. This proposed bill is the…
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I Am Intersex – Shon Kloses’s Story

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Shon Klose was born intersex. This is their story. There are a lot of people out there who are experiencing trauma and mental health issues because of the way they’ve been treated in a pathologised kind of way around their natural born bodies. When I was diagnosed I was wrong, my body was wrong, my…
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Dr Mika Venhola talks about Intersex

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Mika Venhola is the Deputy Chief of the Oulu University Hospital, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescence. In this short piece to camera, Mika Venhola explains the current approach to treating intersex infants and adolescents, why it needs to change, and how to help parents understand an issue they have never heard of before the birth…
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