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  Intersexuality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An intersexual or intersex person (or animal of any unisexual species) is one who is born with genitalia and/or secondary sexual characteristics determined as neither exclusively male nor female, or which combine features of the male and female sexes.
However, most intersex individuals have resented the medical intervention, and some have been so discontented with their surgically assigned gender as to opt for sexual reassignment surgery later in life.
The writer Anne Fausto-Sterling coined the words herm (for hermaphrodite), merm (for an intersex person that most closely resembles a male), and ferm (for an intersex person that most closely resembles a female), and proposed that these be recognized as sexes along with male and female.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intersex   (1691 words)

 Intersexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The San Francisco-based peer support group Intersex Society of North America strongly recommends counseling for the entire family of a newborn intersexual and for the intersexual child as soon as s/he is old enough.
The studies that have been done suggest most intersex people are satisfied with the gender they were assigned, though maybe not with their equipment.
I'm considered an intersex person, and I see myself as an androgyne which is neither male nor female but a complex mixture of all.
www.kindredspiritlakeside.homestead.com /Intersexuality.html   (7974 words)

 Who Will Make Room for the Intersexed?
Individuals who are considered intersexed may also be born with matching male chromosomes, gonads, and genitals but suffer childhood disease or accident that results in full or partial loss of their penis.
Intersexed adults have been told that because the doctors followed standard medical practice when they performed the surgery, the doctors are not liable for medical malpractice.
Once an intersexed person has undergone genital reconstruction surgery making his or her genitals clearly male or female, he or she cannot then choose to change his or her birth certificate without having a second round of surgeries performed.
www.cirp.org /library/legal/USA/haas1   (13180 words)

 What is Intersexuality
According to the Intersex Society of North America, intersexuality refers to an anomaly in the reproductive and sexual system or, in non-jargon, someone born with sex chromosomes, genitalia or an internal reproductive system that are neither clearly male nor clearly female.
It's important to also be clear that intersex is different from transgender in that a person with intersex is born with mixed sex anatomy, where as a person who is transgendered is a person who feels himself or herself to be a gender different than the one he or she was assigned at birth.
Despite the myth that intersex babies are rare—anomalies that are as freakish and monster-like as the mythical being, Hermaphroditus, from whom their name was derived—as many as one in 2,000 infants are born intersexed.
www.pflagdetroit.org /what_is_intersexuality.htm   (8195 words)

 Intersex Initiative: Intersex FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Intersex Initiative is a Portland, Oregon based national activist organization working to end the medical abuse of children born with intersex conditions.
Technically, intersex is defined as "congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system." Intersex people are born with external genitalia, internal reproductive organs, and/or endocrine system that are different from most other people.
We are not saying that intersex babies are better off left alone; we want there to be social and psychological support for both the parents and intersex children so that they can deal with social difficulties resulting from being different than others.
www.intersexinitiative.org /articles/intersex-faq.html   (1026 words)

 Being Intersexual
Herm refers to "true hermaphrodite"; a merm would be a person born intersexed whose karyotype was XY (nominally male) and a ferm is an XX intersexed person (nominally female).
The reason may be that most intersexed people have been subjected to very powerful family, medical, and societal proscriptions about their bodies or medical status.
Some intersexed chidren are abused by peers and family due to their intersexuality.
www.romanceopedia.com /A-BeingIntersexual.html   (1492 words)

 Intersex Activist & Educator Lynnell Stephani Long
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied.
Nevertheless, most of the treatment of intersex was motivated not by metabolic health concerns, but by psychosocial concerns; as in the 1890s, by the 1950s, intersex was viewed primarily as a psychosocial problem that mixed sex categories in socially uncomfortable ways.
www.millarca.com /intersex.html   (6240 words)

 Intersex Initiative
Intersex Initiative (IPDX) is a Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions.
Intersex refers to a series of medical conditions in which a child's genetic sex (chromosomes) and phenotypic sex (genital appearance) do not match, or are somehow different from the "standard" male or female.
Intersex medicine experts from the Middlesex Clinic, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital of the University College London Hospitals collected data for forty-six adult XY women to assign best possible diagnoses, then compared them to the diagnoses these women had previously received elsewhere.
www.ipdx.org   (932 words)

 SFSI | Intersex conditions
Intersex conditions are a set of medical conditions that features congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system.
In other words, a person with an intersex condition is born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that is not considered 'standard' for either male or female.
Although many people in the intersex community believe that transgender is an entirely separate category from intersex, TGSF provides community, support, and education for transgender persons and their partners, and explicitly include intersexed people in their organization.
www.sfsi.org /answers/intersex.html   (439 words)

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She was devastated — not so much at discovering her intersexed status but at discovering she had been lied to for two decades by parents and doctors.
Indeed, she is waging a small campaign to have the intersex status more widely recognized: in the "M/F" box on the census form she wrote, "I (intersex)", and she is trying (unsuccessfully so far) to have the same designation included on her driver's license.
Intersexes are just beginning to build a community and to become socially and politically engaged.
www.nerve.com /dispatches/levay/intersex/main.asp?   (3135 words)

 Survivor Project: Intersex & Trans Basics
Many visibly intersex people are mutilated in infancy and early childhood by doctors to make their sex characteristics conform to their idea of what normal bodies should look like.
Intersex people are relatively common, although the society's denial of their existence has allowed very little room for intersexuality to be discussed publicly.
Many intersex activists contest the use of this phrase to describe their bodies because the ambiguity is with the society's definition of male and female rather than their bodies.
www.survivorproject.org /basic.html   (849 words)

 Intersex Individuals Dispute Wisdom of Surgery on Infants
Intersex individuals are grateful for the immense research done on the causes of intersex conditions.
Perhaps the next step in improving treatment will be the one taken when doctors and intersex adults sit down together to discuss methods for the scientific evaluation of patient care as it exists now and as it has been proposed.
She and her group have done a remarkable job, in a very short while, of educating the general public to the cruel and unnecessary disfigurements intersex babies are subjected to, often with life-time consequences to their sexual function.
www.luckymojo.com /tkintersex.html   (3049 words)

 Legislation mooted to regulate intersex surgery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The commission hosted a seminar on intersex children, asking whether gender "normalisation" surgery was in the best interests of the child.
She said debate about intersex children should take place within a human rights framework, particularly when these children challenged the worldview of society, which almost exclusively recognised male and female gender.
Sally Gross, founder of the Intersex Society of South Africa, who was classified as male at birth and known as Selwyn, said the issue concerned human diversity and human rights.
www.sundaytimes.co.za /zones/sundaytimesNEW/newsst/newsst1101895486.aspx   (503 words)

 Salon Health & Body | Sex police
Quietly and in near secrecy, pediatric urologists and other specialists decide what are the minimum qualifications for manhood, correcting any babies with ambiguous genitalia -- known as "intersexed" -- before their births are announced to the world.
Under the urgent conditions of a medical emergency, they decide whether a smallish appendage is a proto-penis or a maxi-clitoris, and perform the surgery to make it so -- sometimes without even telling the parents the truth about their child, and rarely revealing anything to the patient as he or she grows up.
And some members of the medical establishment are beginning to question whether intersex surgeries make sense in infancy, before the child has a chance to reach puberty, develop his or her own sense of identity and give consent.
www.salon.com /health/feature/1999/04/05/sex_police   (699 words)

 Steaphany Waelder's Intersexual & Transsexual Web Resources & References, Updated August 1, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Intersexed people are born with atypical, ambiguous, or any combination of both female and male genital and reproductive anatomies which can be the result of about 80 different medical conditions.
We desire every medically diagnosed intersexed individual who has suffered or survived unwanted childhood sex assignment surguries not merely to reach his or her identity, but to further enjoy achievements, personal, professional, and spiritual in his or her own right.
As intersexed peoples who fully understand what it means to have choices denied, we are with our brothers and sisters who have completed this journey as well as those who yet wish to complete it.
www.wf.net /%7Ewaelder/TSinfo.html   (1455 words)

 Intersex Society of North America | A world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgery
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
It’s not uncommon for the law to assume that everyone is born into two neat sex categories (male and female) and that everyone stays in the category in which s/he was first placed.
It is inevitable that some people born intersex will tell us that the sex/gender category to which they were assigned was incorrect.
www.isna.org   (1434 words)

 Journal of Sex Research: Hermaphrodites Speak! - Review - movie review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In many of these intersex situations, medical intervention takes the form of genital surgery to "normalize" the appearance of external genitalia or remove gonadal tissues that could possibly pose a cancer risk later in life.
Some had not even known of the details of their intersex conditions, having had physicians provide them with inaccurate information (cf., Natarajan, 1996; a medical student won an award for arguing in favor of nondisclosure of intersex status to patients with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome).
They speak to how important and empowering the experience of meeting other intersexed people is. Their sense of relief at "coming out of the intersexed closet" is clearly visible.
www.findarticles.com /cf_0/m2372/3_37/68273932/p1/article.jhtml?term=hermaphroditism   (1062 words)

Often these infants can be clearly seen to belong to one sex, but a small percentage of them are born with ambiguous genitalia and in the past, doctors made a unilateral decision about which sex they thought the child belonged to.
That practice has been banned in the Netherlands but although medical personnel and lay people are more open to variations in sexuality these days, people with an intersex condition still find the subject very difficult to bring up.
Intersex was produced and presented by Dheera Sujan of Radio Netherlands.
www.soundprint.org /radio/display_show/ID/625/name/Intersex   (328 words)

 Managing intersex -- Creighton and Minto 323 (7324): 1264 -- BMJ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Intersex conditions consist of a blending or mix of the internal and external physical features usually classified as male
intersex condition is to be raised as a boy or a girl and they
Genital surgery is one of the most controversial interventions in current intersex management.
www.bmj.com /cgi/content/full/323/7324/1264   (1001 words)

 Hermaphroditism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Whenever you see an infant with both hypospadias and an undescended testis (cryptorchidism), you must consider the possibility of intersex.
Whenever you suspect intersex you should confirm the diagnosis by ordering a karyotype.
In addition, the child should have an abdominal ultrasound to look for Müllerian structures and a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) to evaluate the urethra.
www.meddean.luc.edu /lumen/meded/urology/hrmphdt.htm   (234 words)

 Intersex Peer Support - Bodies Like Ours - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This long-awaited document examines the way intersex is treated in American hospitals and by society.
A critical examination of the current standards, the report is based upon testimony of those born with intersex, their families, ethicists, scholars, and medical professionals.
These recommendations include suggestions to medical facilities on improving the care of those with intersex entrusted to their care.
www.bodieslikeours.org /staticxt   (302 words)

 Guide to Medical Intersexuality Vocabulary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Murk Manual How to Understand Medical Writing on Intersex ambiguous genitalia Genitalia that refuse to declare their sex to doctors--no doubt on the principle that under interrogation by the enemy you should give only name, rank, and serial number.
In medical literature, the 'rights' of the intersexed refer exclusively to their right to be modified, never to any right to remain as they are.
For example, one text calls for hypospadias to be "corrected" even when it is purely cosmetic, on the grounds that "by the age of five every boy has the right to be a 'pointer' and not a 'setter'." stenosis Narrowness.
www.sexuality.org /l/transgen/intvoca.html   (1056 words)

 A Girl's Right to Choose: Intersex Children and Parents Challenge Narrow Standards of Gender
About five such operations are performed each day in U.S. hospitals on uncomplaining infants who have no chance to participate in or be informed on procedures that will affect their lives, bodies, and future sexual functioning.
Below are stories by an IGM survivor and a mother whose child is intersexed.
Yet, look beyond the medical label "intersex," and that is what will happen to a thousand children in the coming year.
www.now.org /nnt/summer-2002/intersex.html   (1215 words)

 The True Story of John/Joan (Rolling Stone)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
His studies had further convinced him that neither intersexes nor normal children are born psychosexually undifferentiated – a conviction that made him view with alarm the expanding practice of infant sex reassignment.
Through Internet postings and mailings, she established a network of intersexes in cities across the country and, in 1993, dubbed the group the Intersex Society of North America, a peer-support, activist and advocacy group.
There's Heidi Walcutt (genetically female but born with uterine, ovarian and testicular tissue and a micropenis, she describes herself as a "true American patchwork quilt of gender") and Martha Coventry, who was born with a penis-sized clitoris but a fully functioning female reproductive system and is the mother of two girls.
www.pfc.org.uk /news/1998/johnjoan.htm   (16050 words)

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