Culture, Sexuality by Adam on 2009-03-27 01:39

Jessa Crispin writes about the intersex phenomenon - that is, people born not identifiably male or female.

“The standard for years has been to assign a gender at a very early age with surgical intervention. [..] Doctors and parents think they are sparing children embarrassment and pain. But now intersex activists are fighting to create a new protocol, one that waits until the child can participate in “hir” (forgive me — I know the pronoun is a clumsy compromise, but one that comes up a lot when you start reading about gender theory) own treatment.”

It’s a complex topic, and demonstrates that the subject of gender is more nuanced than the binary definition that most of us take for granted.

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