I want people to see what I get to see as an intersex advocate, educator and as a friend. I received permission to publish this heart breaking response from a Facebook friend of mine who has survived non-consensual surgery as a child. It was in response to the meme you see above:
I am trying, it kills me to think that it’s still happening. If only people knew what happens and what happens later on in life. It’s a jail sentence for a crime us intersex individuals have to face in every aspect of our lives.
This cruel medical practice must stop, and I say to any mother or father in a position of having to make a choice on the matter please, please I beg of you with tears in my eyes, love you child, love them completely, love them with all the night in your heart, but please don’t destroy their body.
It’s a hard life, and a mental Truma I live with every day of my life. Please all you need is to love and accept that your beautiful baby is normal and is not a deformative disorder. Intersex is beautiful.
This person will never get restitution. At this time only Malta and Chile have out lawed non-consensual corrective surgeries on intersex infants. Below is what the United Nations says about it:
Here is the United Nations’Intersex Fact Sheet
Related Blogs about Malta and Chile (Flag Pin shown above):
#StopIGM = Stop Intersex Genital Mutilation