Karin: “Middle Sexes”, not all the same

Karin: “Middle Sexes”, not all the same

Intersex people are often represented as being all the same, or as slight variations on a uniform theme. So, too, are trans men and women. Likewise, the Hijras of India and Pakistan, or the Kathoey of Thailand, are depicted as being near-identical clones of each other. It’s a new form of an old trope –…
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Karyotype does not infallibly predict male or female phenotype

Karyotype does not infallibly predict male or female phenotype

We have obtained a copy of the medical research paper cited by New Scientist magazine in their report of 9th April 2009 – Girl with Y chromosome sheds light on maleness. A seven-year-old girl with a Y chromosome is providing new clues about a possible “master switch” of maleness. The girl has the normal chromosome…
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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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US Public Media: “Endocrine Disruptors: Today’s Canary in the Coal Mine?”

Two recent audio and video articles featuring intersex caused by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) have been drawn to our attention, one released by the U.S. Geological Survey and the other by the Public Broadcasting Service: PBS – Endocrine Disruptors: Today’s Canary in the Coal Mine? USGS – Endocrine Disruption: Sex-Changing Fish and More Quotes: Steve…
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Karin: Lili Elbe’s autobiography, Man into Woman

Man into Woman, 1953 edition

Download a copy of this book review as a PDF Published autobiographies written by intersex people are rare. Socially-imposed guilt and shame at being born intersex have led to fewer such books being published than one might wish for – we can learn so much from how others like us have lived. I’d always known…
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