Personal stories

Personal stories and testimony, with a focus on testimony by people with intersex variations.

Marie Claire Australia writes about intersex

Marie Claire Australia writes about intersex

Julietta Jameson writes in the December issue of Marie Claire Australia: “Although the condition remains, in Mani’s words, shrouded in “silence and secrecy”, it’s astonishingly prevalent, with some doctors claiming that one per cent of the population can fall into the category, along a spectrum of conditions ranging from misplaced urethras to enlarged clitorises and…
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Intersex Solidarity Day, Sunday 8th November, marking the birth of Herculine Barbin

Sunday 8th November is Intersex Solidarity Day and Herculine Barbin‘s Birthday. OII Australia and Organisation Intersex International would like to invite others to join us each year by commemorating November 8 as Intersex Solidarity Day. All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex…
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Jo Proctor on the Story of ‘R’

‘R’ had his hand and forearm swathed in plaster. Two days earlier he’d tried to punch out the reinforced glass window in his front door. That one angry punch had broken most of the bones in his right hand. It was just the last of many angry punches. ‘R’ radiated anger. Aggression was in the…
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Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

Karin at OII Australia has obtained a PDF rendition of the autobiography of British intersex woman Roberta Cowell. It was published in the UK in 1954 and has long been out of print. Roberta aka Betty underwent urogenital surgery in the early 1950s. She lived a long life, as a World War II fighter pilot…
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Sally Gross in The Times (South Africa): “Sex typing is fuzzy science”

Sally Gross in The Times (South Africa): “Sex typing is fuzzy science”

Sally Gross of Intersex South Africa writes: Caster Semenya’s situation strikes powerful chords in my personal experience. About 15 years ago, the determination that I am intersexed pulled my life comprehensively apart. It brought a brutal end to my career as an academic pedagogue and teacher of philosophy and it killed an almost completed doctoral…
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