Books

Books and selected journal articles on intersex issues, including fiction, peer-reviewed papers, and biographies.

Morgan Holmes, “Critical Intersex” (recommended reading)

Morgan Holmes, “Critical Intersex” (recommended reading)

Critical Intersex by Morgan Holmes is not cheap, but it’s a recommended read. From the publishers’ description: To date, intersex studies has not received the scholarly attention it deserves as research in this area has been centred around certain key questions, scholars and geographical regions. Exploring previously neglected territories, this book broadens the scope of…
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Intersex and the Sex Files: good for trans*, bad for intersex

Australian Human Rights Commission: The Sex Files

OII Australia supports trans people in their call for human rights, in the same way we support all LGBTI peoples and other marginalized minorities. Sometimes, however, rights called for by one minority group can disadvantage another unless close strategic alliances are maintained so that proposed changes to the law do not accidentally impinge on rights….
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The Yogyakarta Principles and intersex people

The Yogyakarta Principles

The 2006 Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are an important development, primarily furthering the rights of LGBT people, but with a crucial principle of particular interest to intersex people. Principle 1: The Right to the Universal Enjoyment of Human Rights All human…
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Teaching intersex issues

Teaching Intersex Issues

The listed resources are no longer current in this document published by ISNA in 2001, but we highly recommend Teaching intersex issues by Emi Koyama and Dr Lisa Weasel. It contains analysis, guidelines, readings and other resources. The authors present an analysis of self-selected scholars teaching women’s studies, queer studies and related fields in early…
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Kathleen Winter’s book, “Annabel”

Kathleen Winter’s book, “Annabel”

Kathleen Winter’s book is based on a short story originally intended for her collection boYs but rejected because it was too fantastic. Unfortunately, the same can be said of the novel itself. While literary and entertaining for its descriptions of Newfoundland, the lead character shows what happens when a preoccupation with gender dominates at the expense of an understanding of biology.

The New York Times on Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender”

The New York Times on Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender”

Cordelia Fine eviscerates popular notions of differences between men and women. This book is highly recommended: “Delusions of Gender” takes on that tricky question, Why exactly are men from Mars and women from Venus?, and eviscerates both the neuroscientists who claim to have found the answers and the popularizers who take their findings and run…
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