Anunnaki Ray's Photographic Stories, Celebrations, Emancipation, Human Rights, Intersex Awareness, Self-Determination

Intersex Day of Remembrance and Solidarity 2017

Intersex Day of Remembrance, also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an international awareness day that aims to draw attention to the issues faced by members of the intersex community. It is observed on November 8, marking the birth anniversary of Herculine Barbin.  Herculine was a hermaphrodite who wrote a memoir about their life and the tragedies they faced in the nineteenth century.

Today I will celebrate then and now, with an intersex child named Joey, who is getting the right to self-determine her own gender.  I too have emancipated my true gender and my right to self-determination.  The biggest problem we intersex people face is the forced assignment of gender as children, in the form of non-consensual genital surgeries, hormones, and psychiatric treatments.  Together we have to work to stop these atrocities.  To learn more about those of us born intersex, here is the United Nations Intersex Fact Sheet.

May we never forget that we walked among you then, and now.  The Self-Determination of our own Gender is our Human Right.

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Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite

By Herculine Barbin, Richard McDougall (Translator), Michel Foucault(introduction):
“With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls & the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Herculine was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of classmates, a passionate lover of a schoolmistress, she’s suddenly reclassified as male. Alone & desolate, he commits suicide, aged 30, in a miserable Paris attic. Here’s a lost voice of the sexual past in an erotic diary. Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of scientists, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our notions of sexuality. Foucault, who discovered these memoirs in the archives of the French Department of Public Hygiene, presents them with the graphic medical descriptions of Herculine’s body before & after death. In a striking contrast, a painfully confused young person & the doctors who examine her try to sort out the nature of masculine & feminine at the dawn of the age of modern sexuality.”
“Herculine Barbin can be savored like a libertine novel. The ingenousness of Herculine, the passionate yet equivocal tenderness which thrusts her into the arms, even into the beds, of her companions, gives these pages a charm strangely erotic…Michel Foucault has a genius for bringing to light texts & reviving destinies outside the ordinary.”–Le Monde, 7/1978

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The Intersex Flag 

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Pirate Antonio Phoenix was born INTERSEX!

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HAPPY Intersex Awareness Day 2017! Joey meets Pirate Antonio Phoenix AND Joey’s Gift: Self-Determination

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Photography From Seth Langner at Karmathartic

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Cosmetic Genital Surgery, Cultural Dysphoria, Poems, Self-Determination

Poem: I was never in the wrong body. (With 5 Intersex flags from around the world.)

 

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I was never in the wrong body

How dare this world try to tell others they are in the wrong body too.

It makes me angry.

It makes me sad.

I almost believed your lies.

For a life time you tried to fix me! 

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I was born in the right body.

Don’t try to convince me,

all you therapist, doctors and surgeons that make money from this damn lie!

I don’t want your cosmetic genital surgeries! 

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I was not born in the wrong body!

I caught on to this lie.

It won’t work with me! 

I am too wise.

I call it what it is:

CULTURAL DYSPHORIA

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Don’t try to convince me I am in the wrong body

and that I am

the one

with 

“gender dysphoria” 

It is not happening! 

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I am one of the lucky few that know this Earth is NOT flat! 

How dare yo make money chopping on the genitals of  intersex babies,

and those labeled transgender!  

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Is any BODY that shameful?

No Body is Shameful! 

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Shame on this world!

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By Mx. Anunnaki Ray 

July 19th 2015 

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Above I share, four different flags that are known to represent intersex or hermaphrodite in this world.  The first one, is the “Bi-Gender” Flag, and although intersex has to do with biological sex, some have chosen to use this one to declare intersex.  The Second one, is the Australian Oii (Organization International Intersex) flag.  The Third, the Brazilian Intersex Flag.  The Fourth, the Hermaphrodite Flag, created in Germany.  Last, below is one more flag I have seen, which is also for intersex, and flown in Germany.

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 Please note, some intersex do not like the label “hermaphrodite”, but some don’t mind it at all.  Also, most intersex do not like to be called a “DSD” or “Disorder of Sexual Development either.  Please always ask before using the term “hermaphrodite”, or  the phrase “DSD”.

The safe thing to say is always: “intersex”.

Here are the two symbols used to represent those born intersex:

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Helpful LGBTQIA+ Definitions and Human Sexuality

All the Gender Symbols

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Intersex Awareness, Questions and Answers, Short Messages

The Story Behind this Yellow and Purple Intersex Flag

 

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Australia’s Intersex Flag

As you may have noticed, in my blogs I often celebrate this intersex flag.  This intersex flag was invented by Morgan Carpenter, who is Co Chair, with Tony Briffa, for Oii Australia (Organization Intersex International Australia).  Here is what Morgan writes about the flag they created in 2013: An Intersex Flag.   Morgan personally told me that the circle represents “Wholeness and Simplicity”.  I liked that.

Here Morgan Carpenter states:

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“The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be.”

I would like to add: Since intersex infants are often harmed by unnecessary ‘normalizing’ or cosmetic surgeries at their birth; “wholeness” is given an entirely new meaning to me.

For me “wholeness” means, to keep the child whole and without surgery.  To let them decide if they want cosmetic surgeries or medical interventions in their future.  The simplicity of this flag is also very attractive. In that, the colors for hermaphrodite have often been recognized as yellow or purple.

Yellow and Purple steer away from the pink and blue of the typical gender conforming colors for boy and girl.  Which makes it all the more powerful.  Especially since intersex people can be of any gender.  Intersex people, like anyone, can be gender conforming, gender non-conforming,  and some can even feel they are gender neuter or have no gender.  Once again making it a good thing to stir away from the colors of blue and pink.

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Now let me share about the circle.   Wikipedia: Gender Symbols: writes that the circle represents “sexless” and “genderless”; which to me makes this flag the perfect one for intersex people.  Especially since sometimes when an intersex baby is born their gender is not easily determined.  That doctors are often left with the job of guessing.   It is not so much that an intersex baby is born “genderless”, but that society needs to wait for that child’s own Self-determination of gender.

So, once again this simple circle, that demonstrates “wholeness” and “simplicity” shows us to keep it simple.   That it is best to wait for the child to decide,  to keep their body “whole”, and the way they were born.

I will be honoring this flag in my blog, and as an American during Pride Parades, or other events I may attend.   I really like it.   Morgan said it is for all to share so you can feel free to do the same.  

Thank you, Morgan, for this creation.

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Quote from: An Intersex Flag:

“There is no commonly understood symbol or flag, even within intersex communities. Many attempts have seemed derivative, of a rainbow flag, of gendered pink and blue colours, of transgender symbols, or an infinity symbol used by some bisexual groups. This is one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning.

The colour yellow has long been regarded as the hermaphrodite colour, neither blue nor pink – take a look at the trailer for Intersexion.  Purple, too, has been used for the same purpose – including on this site.”

This Intersexion Trailer: BORN BETWEEN – The Nature of Intersex (20 Minute Promo)

I share a link to the downloads for this flag here:  An Intersex Flag

 

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