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What does it mean to be Intersex

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What does it mean to be Intersex

UN Free and Equal Campaign publishes Intersex Leaflet         The UN Free and Equal LGBT Campaign has just published it’s first factsheet about intersex. It’s a short, informative leaflet details the human rights violations intersex people face, and highlights action nations states and institutions need to adopt. These provide a very useful…
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On the Turning Away – A Brief Exploration of Medical Ethics

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Philip Zimbardo is an American psychologist. He was detailed to investigate the abuses – long denied – committed on prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention camp. In his report he describes the phenomena whereby apparently otherwise “good” people do very bad things, in this case, the crimes committed in Abu Ghraib. “Good people do bad…
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Ghost in the Machine

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Once you label me, you negate me Søren Kierkegaard We know nothing of Joseph Marzo in life, so it is impossible to know what they would have ever thought of the declaration made after their death that they were “una donna” – a woman. They died after another episode of the vomiting and diarrhea that…
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Should Doctors Operate on Intersex Babies?

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In a word, no.   However, that wouldn’t make for a very readable Buzzfeed article, so instead we have this.   This article is gaining some traction on fb. It’s easy to see why. It has an identifiable subject who has been subjected to appalling medicalised violence in the name of orthodox protocols. Protocols that…
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Hidden in Plain Sight

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The United States has been in the vanguard of writing and influencing intersex medical protocols since the 1950’s, and it has been so since J Money wrote his hypothesis that sought to justify non-consensual, pre-emptive surgical and other medical interventions on people born intersex.  The currently adopted protocols have only served to reify those orthodoxies. …
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This is what they do

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This is what they do

An intersex activist colleague, Dr Small Luk, was recently interviewed by Time Out in Hong Kong.  In the interview they speak with great candour and honesty about their experiences, and the effect medical interventions had on their life. http://www.timeout.com.hk/gay-lesbian/features/72091/interview-we-talk-to-intersex-individual-dr-small-luk-about-her-gender-struggles.html   “I really thought I was a monster […] It isn’t the intersex person that needs…
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