Op/Ed

Intersex Visibility

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The determined effort to erase intersex embodiment remains a fundamental abuse of people’s human rights, and a denial of a person’s right to live authentically. Intersex is a perfectly valid embodiment of being human. It should never be another’s right to define a person and enforce that decision through the medium of irreversible surgical and…
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A nomenclatura of life

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Or, How we learn about ourselves from the names we are given by others “All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name”. Andre Breton Words fascinate me. Well, that’s not quite accurate. Language fascinates me, which isn’t quite the same thing. I was born in Oxford, that city of Dreaming…
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Coffee mornings

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Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche I love the smell of ground coffee. It’s my Sunday luxury. I love the smell of it a lot more than I can be bothered to drink it these days. You know how some scents just take you some place else – like fresh bread, or…
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RSM & CAH Support Group meeting, May 2014

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RSM & CAH Support Group meeting, May 2014

“The Royal Society of Medicine and the CAH Support Group jointly organised a meeting which took place on  Monday 12th May 2014, in London. This is an educational day, bringing together everyone who has an interest in CAH, including medical professionals and researchers, advocates, as well as those who live with the condition and their families.” Leslie…
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Mappa Mundi

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I tore off the first index finger of my right hand whilst hurtling down hill on a mountain bike years ago. I was in Surrey at the time. Well, I was in a pickle, truth be known. I used to ride hard in those days, and hold the ‘bars like Kenny Roberts: first index finger…
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Why we do not use “Disorder of Sex Development”

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OII delivered one of the first organised English-language responses to the introduction of this terminology (acknowledging also the objections of Milton Diamond at the time, as well as David, Peter and Esther who proofread the Parent’s Handbook, and those of activists from non-English speaking countries at the time, whose work we were not all aware…
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