When I was born there was no way to define my true biological sex accurately. This is because I was born intersex. Because of this, they thought it would be in my best interest to assign me female and raise me a girl when I was never supposed to be a girl. By adolescence, being… Continue reading Surviving ‘Psychic Mutilation’, and how I was psychiatrically and medically violated and erased.
To read scanned article above: Jim Costich 2005 Esquire Article By Jim Costich This article was written at a very heady time in my life. I had joined the gay men's naturist club and running around naked in the woods with other naked men who could all see at a glance that I don't… Continue reading Jim Costich: An Intersex Man Before His Time in Esquire Magazine 2005
By Jim Costich February, 7th 2019 There is no such thing as an "intersex poser". There are only people who are trying to figure out whether they are intersex. Some of them have noticed things about their bodies that don’t match what is considered standard for the sex they’ve been told they are the most… Continue reading Jim Costich’s Intersex Imposter Rant
By Jim Costich Jim's response to the above educational post seen on social media: When we include intersex into the conversation, simply saying "cisgender" tells nothing about the body that person was born into if they were born with an intersex bodily or intersex chromosomal variation. I once met… Continue reading Not all intersex people look intersex.
By Jim Costich December 2018 Being gay is not just a sexual orientation. It's a gender. Or rather there are different genders of gay. This surprised a friend of mine who is a tad new to gay culture. He didn't realize that among gay men gendered pronouns change in mid-sentence such as: "We had the worst… Continue reading Gender, Sex and Orientation Over(your)lap
An Intersex Exploration of Prefix Use in the English Language By Jim Costich 2018 “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” Albert Camus “Being disintegrated makes me very angry! Very angry indeed!” Marvin the Martian (Loony Tunes) Meet Marvin the Martian Below in this fast clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlVoD17y5y4 Dis - a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having a privative, negative, or reversing force (see de-, un-2.); used freely, especially with these latter senses, as an English formative:… Continue reading How to Stop “Dis-ing” Intersex!
“Your mind is a garden; your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or just grow weeds.” Unk. inter- a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “between,” “among,” “in the midst of,” “mutually,” “reciprocally,” “together,” “during” (intercept; interest); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (intercom; interdepartmental). Origin… Continue reading The Use of the Happy “inter” Prefix; For the Intersex
A Memoir from Jim Costich, 2003 I was 44 before I found out what my body contains and what being intersex might mean as I age. I was born with ambiguous genitals in 1957 and I had no surgery. I've been on hormones since I was a teen because I have… Continue reading ……But Now I Have to Scream