Op/Ed

Undeniable Blackness and Impossible Hermaphrodites

By on .

Undeniable Blackness and Impossible Hermaphrodites

  A Shared Guest Post by Sean Saifa Wall and Dr Cary Gabriel Costello   “In preparing for my talk, “Undeniable Blackness and Impossible Hermaphrodites” at UC Colorado at Colorado Springs next week, I revisited J. Marion Sims, heralded as the father of gynecology. I couldn’t help but feel my heart pound and break reading…
Read more →

Making Depathologisation a matter of Law

By on .

The ripples from Malta’s adoption of legal protections for intersex, trans and gender-queer people continues to resonate. The Maltese GIGESC Act not only defends children’s rights in Malta, including those of bodily integrity, self-determination and health. It also makes a fundamental contribution to intersex people’s human rights by recognizing in law the pervasive role that…
Read more →

Musing on binary essentialism

By on .

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….
Read more →

Reflections

By on .

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…
Read more →

I Am Intersex – Shon Kloses’s Story

By on .

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…
Read more →

Intersex in the Media

By on .

A lie can travel half way around the world before the truth can get it’s boots on. Trying to convey the realities of intersex lived experience to the media is a very tough gig. Intersex people still struggle with the legacy of decades of enforced silence about our situation. A silence that has at times…
Read more →