Intersex Awareness Day news round-up

Intersex Awareness Day

Intersex Awareness Day this year was very significant. The United Nations, regional human rights institutions and the Australian Human Rights Commission all made intersex-specific human rights statements for the first time. The UN also launched an awareness website.   The United Nations and regional human rights institutions called for immediate action to end human rights…
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United Nations for Intersex Awareness

United Nations for Intersex Equality

Thanks to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, for two powerful statements issued overnight. Firstly, the UN has published a statement for Intersex Awareness Day, signed by UN Committees on Torture, the Rights of the Child and the Rights of People with Disabilities, as well as Special Rapporteurs and experts,…
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Intersex Awareness Day talk at UTS: “Thinking outside the box”

IAD2016 talk at UTS

On 26 October, Intersex Awareness Day, co-chair Morgan Carpenter gave a talk at UTS entitled “Intersex, thinking outside the box: intersex, identity, harmful practices and 20 years of activism.” Date: Wednesday 26 October, 2016 Time: 12 to 1pm Location: CB08.02.002 (the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building) RSVP to spence.messih@uts.edu.au This event was kindly supported by…
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Body shaming is an intersex issue

Allowed?

Please note that this post contains distressing images. It intersperses quotations about intersex infants and children with quotations about the bodies of public figures. Body shaming is an intersex issue, perhaps even more than any other issue. It stunts people’s lives and provides rationales for harmful medical interventions. If you want to know why openly…
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Reporting on the Olympics

London Olympics by Farrukh, CC by NC 2.0

Much of the reporting on some women athletes participating in the Rio Olympics is insupportable. It makes assumptions about their bodies, sex, gender identity and expressions that is deeply concerning. Much reporting fails to acknowledge the lack of scientific evidence for body policing by sporting institutions, and the deep personal cost of such assumptions, which…
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Intersex human rights: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change

Reproductive Health Matters

OII Australia co-chair Morgan Carpenter has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Reproductive Health Matters. Here is the article abstract: Intersex people and bodies have been considered incapable of integration into society. Medical interventions on often healthy bodies remain the norm, addressing perceived familial and cultural demands, despite concerns about necessity, outcomes, conduct and…
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