Dr Jane Costello’s letter of resignation from the APA’s Child and Adolescent Disorders work group IINTERSEX people who reject the sex assigned to them at birth by doctors who are merely guessing at what their actual sex may be before performing irreversible sterilisation, cosmetic genital surgery and prescribing lifelong hormone treatment are often thrown to… Read more →
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.
OII Australia is sensitive towards photographic depictions of intersex individuals. The reasons for OII Australia’s sensitivity are exemplified in this article about non-consensual photography. We can’t help but wonder if the photographic voyeurism, and staff attitudes towards this person’s body, impacted on the quality of care that was given – the person is known to… Read more →
Biologist and physiologist Veronica Drantz PhD has produced an excellent PowerPoint presentation titled Science and Sexuality: The Biology of Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Intersexuality. We recommend it, although we are uncomfortable with the clinical images it contains of intersex people. OII Australia does not generally approve of photographs of intersex individuals. We are especially uncomfortable… Read more →
From the Sydney Morning Herald of 3rd June, this report by Andrew Darby: Routine operation may be a crime Once routine, now often thought unkind, the cut may also be illegal. Parental consent might not be enough to protect the circumcisers of baby boys from later legal action. In a rare legal analysis of the… Read more →
James Pate, MD has provided us with the following: The first mention of “disorder of sex development” I could find was by CE Ford in 1961 (Ford CE. The cytogenetic analysis of some disorder of sex development. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 82:1154-61, 1961 Nov.) Other historical terminology I found was: Disorder of sex… Read more →