Health and medical ethics

AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

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.

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

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…
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Dr Veronica Drantz: “Science and Sexuality” and medical photography

Dr Veronica Drantz: “Science and Sexuality” and medical photography

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…
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When DSD originated

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…
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Dr Jessica Cadwallader: “Regulating the Sexed Body: Circumcision, Genital Modification and Cosmetic Surgery”

Dr Jessica Cadwallader: “Regulating the Sexed Body: Circumcision, Genital Modification and Cosmetic Surgery”

Dr Jessica Cadwallader of the Somatechnics Research Centre at Macquarie University has given OII Australia kind permission to provide the PDF of the paper she presented at the Regulating the Sexed Body: Circumcision, Genital Modification and Cosmetic Surgery public lecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. OII applauds Dr Cadwallader’s support for intersex people to…
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