Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

More on intersex terminology

THERE are two fundamental issues that must be considered when considering terminology around intersex. Scientific nomenclature of intersex: INTERSEX is a scientific term that describes all differences of sex biology within the animal kingdom that are not hermaphroditic. Terminology such as “hermaphrodite”, “pseudo-hermaphrodite”, “disorders” and “conditions” have been used in some medical literature to describe…
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OII Australia thanks Gilbert + Tobin

OII Australia wishes to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to law firm Gilbert + Tobin for their invaluable help in establishing Organisation Intersex International in Australia. We especially wish to thank Darren Fittler and his assistant Tamara Sim for assistance with incorporation, and Lauren Eade and Lisa Lennon for trademark research. Gilbert + Tobin…
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Our statement of dissent

OII is working to end NON-CONSENSUAL normalization treatments of intersex children and adults without consultation with the individual intersex person. We oppose all consensus statements, especially those without representation of intersex people as equal stakeholders in the consensus. We have no desire for any consensus statement because intersex people do not agree on: The exact…
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AHRC “Sex Files” concluding paper released

Australian Human Rights Commission: The Sex Files

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in documents and government records, and this paper is available for download as a PDF or Word .DOC at here. Here are some items in the paper that mention intersex: 13.1 The focus of the sex and gender diversity project…
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Australia’s proposed internet filtering scheme

News reports and opinion pieces continue to flow about the Australian federal government’s planned scheme to filter the content on the Internet. Internet filtering is of great concern to OII Australia. Intersex people have historically been silenced, effectively forbidden from talking about intersex, from knowing our status as intersex, and we have only just now…
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