The surgeries for Hypospadias are sold like kool-aid or a Pepsi commercial by some clinics and hospitals. The new latest and greatest technique being competed for by surgeons. The life of the child in the balance. Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Never to ask if the child should get to decide… Continue reading A survivor of Intersex Genital Mutilation: Is Hypospadias Intersex?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpPTf-00ab0 The Source Page for my TEDx Talk. ~.V.~
My thoughts today and the way I see it. (Revised July 23rd, 2019) I feel that one of the biggest problems society has right now, with the confusion of sex and gender, is that most people conflate anatomical sex with gender identity. After the medical invention of sex in the late 1800s,… Continue reading Cultural Dysphoria: Stop conflating anatomical sex with gender identity.
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This is the first part of a series about the complex biological realities of sex. Though the posts build on one another, each can be understood alone.
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I first learned about the social construction of sex from a lovely trans woman named Kiki.
She said, “You may have heard before that gender is socially constructed, while sex is biological. But I’m here to tell you that what you’ve heard isn’t true. Sex is socially constructed too. So are you ready for the truth? Are you going to take the red pill or the blue pill?”
Three years later, I was diagnosed by my gynecologist with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which means that my body produces hormones intermediate between “typical men” and “typical women.” What I learned from Kiki gave me context in which to understand…
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I am often asked how can we add the "I" responsibly to LGBT+, since so many of us intersex people identify as LGBTQ+ in some way: Here is how I feel the "I" can be added with responsibility and care: Below are three pages to print, and several important links that you will need to use as… Continue reading How to Add the “I” Responsibly to the LGBTQ+ Rainbow
Transgender and Transexual A person who identifies as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with a typical endosex male or endosex female anatomies but feel that their birth assignment was wrong. Some believe that they are born into the "wrong body", and others feel they are of nonconforming in their body… Continue reading The Difference Between Transgender or Transexual and Being Born Intersex.
Hermaphrodite vs Intersex The two terms Hermaphrodite and Intersex have been used synonymously before the mid-years of the last century. However, they have been explained in the scientific literature so that it would be convenient to understand the difference between these two terms. Since the mid-1990's, it has been important to some in the… Continue reading Difference Between Hermaphrodite and Intersex
The following are examples of Transphobic attitudes (note that sometimes these examples below can be examples of Queerphobia too): The belief/insistence that trans women are not "real women" The belief/insistence that trans men are not "real men". The belief/insistence that non-binary genders are invalid and do not exist. The belief/insistence that transsexual people… Continue reading Examples of Transphobia, Queerphobia, Intersexphobia & Homophobia
I was not able to be your father until now. They took that from me. They say that a man can not grow a baby in his womb. They say that only a woman can do that. They are wrong. My child, you'll be blessed. ¤ I was not able to be your… Continue reading Poem: My sweet child, you’ll be blessed.
Recently they have been trying to get the senate to pass a bill that would require Sex Ed to be LGBTQ inclusive. This would be progress, this would be awesome even. However, it still does not include intersex, nor the teaching of our intersex bodies. It is another example of intersex erasure. Below I explain… Continue reading Here is another sad example of Intersex Erasure: