THE creation of a new category to be designated intersex poses several problems.
First of all, how do we define intersex? OII believes that there will be never a clear definition and at the same time, that it is not necessary to have a legal definition for intersex. We have no clear definitions for what a woman is or a man is. We only assume this to be the case.
The purpose of OII is to work in favour of human rights for intersex by helping people to understand that there are not just two pre-existing sexes. There is an infinite combination of possibilities on the spectrum of sex and gender.
The creation of a specific category for intersex risks even more marginalization of a group which is poorly understood. We base our legal arguments on the right of every person to determine their own identity in the binary system in the hope that eventually there would be no attempt to impose legal sex categories on anyone.
More information [updated]
- Revised policy on identification documents (12 November 2013)
- High Court recognises “non-specific” gender identity, implications for intersex people (2 April 2014)
- Birth registrations in ACT (20 March 2014)
This page is not intended as an introduction to intersex.
- We recommend our Intersex for allies leaflet as an introduction to intersex.
- On intersectionalities with gay and lesbian communities.
- On intersectionalities with trans experiences.
- On intersectionalities with disability.
- Defining intersex: Australian and international definitions.
- All FAQs listed – a curated list of key articles on the OII Australia site.