Intersex medical perspectives

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The information provided on this site is often written from a medical perspective and is provided as a service to help understand different intersex variations.  There are certain medical problems associated with some variations.  For medical help, please consult a qualified medical practitioner. OII does not accept intersex as a medical issue per se.  However, many…
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Ten misconceptions about intersex

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Ten Misconceptions about Intersexuality By Curtis E. Hinkle 2008 Founder, Organisation Intersex International 1.  Intersex means that a person has both sets of genitalia. (False)   This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about intersex.  Intersex usually has nothing to do with the genitalia of the person, much less having two sets.  There…
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Intersex FAQ

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This is the Intersex FAQ from 2007, still current for OII-UK in 2011. Please note that some of the language is not what we choose to use today, but in part this reflects the types of questions being fielded by OII at that time. See also: 10 Misconceptions about Intersex   Q1 – What does it mean…
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Handbook for parents

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Handbook for parents

This is the handbook for parents, prepared in consultation with parents and intersex people themselves in 2008. Intersex is a normal variation of embodiment   INTRODUCTION   All parents wish for a healthy child. Parent are very often distressed when they first learn that their child is born with a difference, be it an illness,…
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OII position on normalization

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This was OII-UK’s last position on normalisation, originally published in 2008 on the main OII site:   OII respects opinions from different intersexed people and groups. You will most likely find opinions and ideas on our site which are controversial. However, we in the intersex community have been so normalised against our consent that we…
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OII’s Statement of Dissent

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This was OII-UK’s position on consensus statements, as published in 2009 on the original OII website: OII is working to end NON-CONSENSUAL normalisation treatments of intersex children and adults without consultation with the individual intersexed person. We oppose all consensus statements, especially those without representation of intersex people as equal stakeholders in the consensus.  …
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