Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child
July 19th, 2018
ISBN 1785927671 (ISBN13: 9781785927676)
When their daughter Rosie was born, Eric and Stephani Lohman found themselves thrust into a situation they were not prepared for. Born intersex - a term that describes people who are born with a variety of physical characteristics that do not fit neatly into traditional conceptions about male and female bodies - Rosie's parents were pressured to consent to normalizing surgery on Rosie, without being offered any alternatives despite their concerns. Part memoir, part guidebook, this powerful book tells the authors' experience of refusing to have Rosie operated on and how they raised a child who is intersex. The book looks at how they spoke about the condition to friends and family, to Rosie's teachers and caregivers, and shows how they plan on explaining it to Rosie when she is older.
Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self
April 8th, 2003
ISBN 0813532299 (ISBN13: 9780813532295)
Approximately one in every two thousand infants born in the United States each year is sexually ambiguous in such a way that doctors cannot immediately determine the child's sex. Some children's chromosomal sexuality contradicts their sexual characteristics. Others have the physical traits of both sexes, or of neither. Drawing upon life history interviews with adults who were treated for intersexuality as children, Sharon E. Preves explores how such individuals experience and cope with being labeled sexual deviants in a society that demands sexual conformity. By demonstrating how intersexed people manage and create their own identities, often in conflict with their medical diagnosis, Preves argues that medical intervention into intersexuality often creates, rather than mitigates, the stigma these people suffer.
Bold: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
November 27th, 2015
ISBN 0992584507 (ISBN13: 9780992584504)
More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images - of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride. They include prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby. Many of the stories are by ordinary and extraordinary people who may be Indigenous, born overseas, or live in cities or small towns across Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland. David Hardy presents diverse stories to unsilenced lives and put them in print. They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark. 'I hope this book helps people understand who LGBTI people are and who we are not, ' says David. 'We are not invisible. This collection of stories celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. I hope these stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.'"
Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, And Queer Perspectives
November 1st, 2006
ISBN 1560236450 (ISBN13: 9781560236450)
The term homonormativity describes current prevailing idealized assumptions about lesbian identity. This concept, however, marginalizes subgroups within the greater lesbian population. Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives dynamically confronts homonormativity in lesbian communities by presenting expert multidisciplinary discussion about what is a definable lesbian identity. This text sensitively explores difficult issues about gender policing and the viewpoints in lesbian communities that hold that transgender, intersectional, and queer individuals are considered to have 'false consciousness.
Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation
June 27th, 2016
In this volume Hornsby and Guest introduce readers to terms for the various identities of trans people and how the Bible can be an affirmation of those deemed sexually other by communities. This book offers readings of well known (e.g., Gen 1; Revelation) and not so well known (2 Sam 6; Jer 38) narratives to illustrate that the Bible has been translated and interpreted with a bias that makes heterosexuality and a two sex, two gender system natural, and thus divinely ordained. The authors present examples that show gender was never a binary, and in the Bible gender and sex are always dynamic categories that do, and must, transition.
Are You a Boy or a Girl? Intersex and Genders
August 4th, 2008
ISBN 3639057155 (ISBN13: 9783639057157)
One question that is perhaps most familiar in contemporary western societies is: Is it a boy or a girl? This question goes uncontested unless a child is born with ambiguous genitalia. The medical responses to these births have recently undergone considerable attention and criticism. The intersex movement has coalesced around a shared lived experience of trauma brought about in no small way by the invasive procedures of medical management. These procedures leave intersex individuals with feelings of isolation and abuse. A culture of silence has been created with psychological, social and physical ramifications omitted from medical, patient and broader social discourses. Intersex individuals cite their own experiences as evidence of these ramifications. This book takes note of the significant issues pertinent to the intersex movement and employs a comparative analysis of the lived experiences of Intersex Australians and Americans.
September 15th, 2007
ISBN 1845201833 (ISBN13: 9781845201838)
Intersex is the condition whereby an individual is born with biological features that are simultaneously perceived as male and female. Ranging from the ambiguous genitalia of the true 'hermaphrodite' to the 'mildly or internally intersexed', the condition may be as common as cleft palate. Like cleft palate, it is hidden and surgically altered, but for very different reasons. This important book draws heavily on the personal testimony of intersexed individuals, their loved ones, and medical careers. The impact of early sex-assignment surgery on an individual's later life is examined within the context of ethical and clinical questions. Harper challenges the conventional and radical 'treatment' of intersexuality through non- consensual infant sex-assignment surgery.
Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience
November 11th, 2008
ISBN 0822343185 (ISBN13: 9780822343189)
What happens when a baby is born with “ambiguous” genitalia or a combination of “male” and “female” body parts? Clinicians and parents in these situations are confronted with complicated questions such as whether a girl can have XY chromosomes, or whether some penises are “too small” for a male sex assignment. Since the 1950s, standard treatment has involved determining a sex for these infants and performing surgery to normalize the infant’s genitalia. Over the past decade intersex advocates have mounted unprecedented challenges to treatment, offering alternative perspectives about the meaning and appropriate medical response to intersexuality and driving the field of those who treat intersex conditions into a deep crisis.
Arcane Perfection: An Anthology by Queer, Trans and Intersex Witches
January 26th, 2017
Arcane Perfection is a collection of essays, poetry, art, rage, love, rituals, spells, and musings by, for, and about Queer, Trans, and Intersex Witches. The book began as a coven project to further curate the Witchery of our Queer, Trans, and Intersex members, the project was expanded to encompass Queer, Trans, or Intersex people from around the world. Contributors answer questions like: How have you overcome discrimination? How have you encountered the Divine? What are your experiences with magic as a Queer person? How has Witchcraft empowered your life as a Queer person? Can you tell the story of your transition through the Tarot? What is your relationship to the world, to Pagan community, to Queer community? Do you have a rant that needs to be screamed into publication?
May 1st, 2015
ISBN 1939460042 (ISBN13: 9781939460042)
Intersex explores gender as it forms in concrete and unavoidable patterns in the material world. What happens when a child is born with ambiguous genitalia? What happens when a body is normalized? Intersex provides tangled and shifting answers to both of these questions as it questions our ideas of what is natural and normal about gender and personhood. In this hybrid-genre memoir, intersexed author Aaron Apps adopts and upends historical descriptors of hermaphroditic bodies such as 'freak of nature,' 'hybrid,' 'imposter,' 'sexual pervert,' and 'unfortunate monstrosity' in order to trace his own monstrous sex as it perversely intertwines with gender expectations and medical discourse. INTERSEX leaves the reader wondering: what does it mean to be human?
Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex
May 8th, 2009
ISBN 0801891558 (ISBN13: 9780801891557)
What does it mean to be human? To be human is, in part, to be physically sexed and culturally gendered. Yet not all bodies are clearly male or female. Bodies in Doubt traces the changing definitions, perceptions, and medical management of intersex (atypical sex development) in America from the colonial period to the present day. From the beginning, intersex bodies have been marked as "other," as monstrous, sinister, threatening, inferior, and unfortunate. Some nineteenth-century doctors viewed their intersex patients with disrespect and suspicion. Later, doctors showed more empathy for their patients' plights and tried to make correct decisions regarding their care. Yet definitions of "correct" in matters of intersex were entangled with shifting ideas and tensions about what was natural and normal, indeed about what constituted personhood or humanity.
Intersex in the Age of Ethics
January 1st, 1999
ISBN 1555721257 (ISBN13: 9781555721251)
Intersex in the Age of Ethics marks the first time an entire volume has been dedicated to the exploration of the ethics of intersex treatment. It could not be timelier, as professional conferences, gender clinics, and the popular media now consider how medicine and society should handle intersex and intersexuals. This volume provides a much-needed perspective.
Intersex: A Perilous Difference
January 1st, 2008
ISBN 1575911175 (ISBN13: 9781575911175)
As threatening evidence that sex is not the natural basis upon which oppositional gender roles are built, the intersexed are made to disappear into normative categories, thus aligning once again the rightful place of male and female as opposites.
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Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine
April 1st, 2014
ISBN 0253012287 (ISBN13: 9780253012289)
Putting the ethical tools of philosophy to work, Ellen K. Feder seeks to clarify how we should understand "the problem" of intersex. Adults often report that medical interventions they underwent as children to "correct" atypical sex anatomies caused them physical and psychological harm. Proposing a philosophical framework for the treatment of children with intersex conditions--one that acknowledges the intertwined identities of parents, children, and their doctors--Feder presents a persuasive moral argument for collective responsibility to these children and their families.
August 1st, 2008
ISBN 3639058828 (ISBN13: 9783639058826)
Is it a Girl or is it a Boy? This is usually one of the first questions the parents of the newborn baby ask, and in most cases this question can be answered rather quickly. However, in some cases the baby is born with an Intersex condition where the situation is more complex, and our mainstream understanding of sex and gender is insufficient and rigid. Because Intersex individuals have, since the 1950s, undergone forced, unwanted and uninformed genital corrective surgeries during their childhood to fit the sex and gender norms of our society and because Intersex has since long only been considered a medical matter, the Intersex phenomenon has developed into a human rights debate.
January 1st, 2009
ISBN 1317157281 (ISBN13: 9781317157281)
To date, intersex studies has not received the scholarly attention it deserves as research in this area has been centered around certain key questions, scholars and geographical regions. Exploring previously neglected territories, this book broadens the scope of intersex studies, whilst adopting perspectives that turn the gaze of the liberal, humanist, scientific outlook upon itself, in order to reconfigure debates about rights, autonomy and subjectivity, and challenges the accepted paradigms of intersex identity politics.
Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
September 11th, 2015
ISBN 1479887048 (ISBN13: 9781479887040)
When sociologist Georgiann Davis was a teenager, her doctors discovered that she possessed XY chromosomes, marking her as intersex. Rather than share this information with her, they withheld the diagnosis in order to “protect” the development of her gender identity; it was years before Davis would see her own medical records as an adult and learn the truth. Davis’ experience is not unusual. Many intersex people feel isolated from one another and violated by medical practices that support conventional notions of the male/female sex binary which have historically led to secrecy and shame about being intersex. Yet, the rise of intersex activism and visibility in the US has called into question the practice of classifying intersex as an abnormality, rather than as a mere biological variation.
Intersex and After
March 4th, 2009
ISBN 082236705X (ISBN13: 9780822367055)
In this special issue of GLQ, experts from a variety of disciplines discuss the future of treatment for people with intersex conditions—those born with ambiguous genitalia—and consider what intersexuality means for theories of gender. By examining the ethics of medical treatment and the repercussions of intersex surgery, “Intersex and After” demonstrates how biology, activism, law, morality, and ethics have a shared interest in the relationship between intersexuality and the meaning of sex, gender, and sexuality.
Xoxy: A Memoir
March 19th, 2020
ISBN 1785928376 (ISBN13: 9781785928376)
Meet Kimberly, a regular suburban housewife and mother, whose discovery later in life that she was born intersex fueled her to become an international human rights defender and globally-recognized activist. Charting her intersex discovery and her journey to self-acceptance, this book movingly portrays how being intersex impacted Kimberly's personal and family life, as well as her career. From uncovering a secret that was intentionally kept from her, to coming out to her family and friends and fighting for intersex rights, her candid and empowering story helps breakdown barriers and misconceptions of intersex people and brings to light the trauma and harmful impact medical intervention continues to have on the intersex community.
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word)
May 5th, 2007
ISBN 1933149248 (ISBN13: 9781933149240)
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) chronicles one person’s search for self in a world obsessed with normal. What is “intersex”? According to the Intersex Society of North America, the word describes someone born with sex chromosomes, genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that are neither clearly male nor clearly female. In first- person prose as intimate as a diary, Thea Hillman redefines memoir in a series of compelling stories that take a no- holds-barred look at sex, gender, family, and community. Whether she’s pondering quirky family tendencies (“Drag”), reflecting on “queerness” (“Another”), or recounting scintillating adventures in San Francisco’s sex clubs, Hillman’s brave and fierce vision for cultural and societal change shines through.
Ethics and Intersex
February 2nd, 2006
ISBN 1402043139 (ISBN13: 9781402043130)
This collection of 21 articles is designed to serve as a state-of-the art reference book for Intrasexual’s, their parents, health care professionals, ethics committee members, and anyone interested in problems associated with intersexuality. It fills an important need because of its uniqueness as an interdisciplinary effort, bringing together not just urologists and endocrinologists, but gynecologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, theologians, gender theorists, medical historians, and philosophers. Most contributors are well-known experts on intersexuality in their respective fields.
Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience
April 1st, 2019
ISBN 0803295936 (ISBN13: 9780803295933)
Merging critical theory, autobiography, and sexological archival research, Queer Embodiment provides insight into what it means, and has meant, to have a legible body in the West. Hilary Malatino explores how and why intersexuality became an anomalous embodiment requiring correction and how contesting this pathologization can promote medical reform and human rights for intersex and trans persons. Malatino traces both institutional and interpersonal failures to dignify non– sexually dimorphic bodies and examines the ways in which the ontology of gender difference developed by modern sexologists’ conflicts with embodied experience.
Born Both: An Intersex Life
March 14th, 2017
ISBN 0316347841 (ISBN13: 9780316347846)
My name is Hida Viloria. I was raised as a girl but discovered at a young age that my body looked different. Having endured an often-turbulent home life as a kid, there were many times when I felt scared and alone, especially given my attraction to girls. But unlike most people in the first world who are born intersex--meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female--I grew up in the body I was born with because my parents did not have my sex characteristics surgically altered at birth.
Online Intersex Communities: Virtual Neighborhoods of Support and Activism
December 28th, 2008
ISBN 160497592X (ISBN13: 9781604975925)
Once referred to as hermaphrodites, intersex persons are born with a sexual anatomy or physiology inconsistent with social expectations of what constitutes a normal male or female. Of course, this definition of intersexuality, like all definitions, is rhetorically charged. In other words, intersexuality does not have meaning in and of itself that can be separated from the culture in which it resides. It is a product not just of scientific fact but also of a myriad of cultural forces that have changed through time, and with it our perceptions of what is normal, of who should be corrected if they are not deemed normal, of when and how this treatment should take place, and of who has authority to speak on such things.
Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God
May 16th, 2015
ISBN 0802869823 (ISBN13: 9780802869821)
"Charts a faithful theological middle course through complex sexual issues" How different are men and women? When does it matter to us -- or to God? Are male and female the only two options? In "Sex Difference in Christian Theology" Megan DeFranza explores such questions in light of the Bible, theology, and science. Many Christians, entrenched in culture wars over sexual ethics, are either ignorant of the existence of intersex persons or avoid the inherent challenge they bring to the assumption that everybody is born after the pattern of either Adam or Eve. DeFranza argues, from a conservative theological standpoint, that all people are made in the image of God -- male, female, and intersex -- and that we must listen to and learn from the voices of the intersexed among us.
Intersex in Christ
July 20th, 2018
ISBN 153261845X (ISBN13: 9781532618451)
Intersex is an umbrella term for many different conditions that cause ambiguous sexual biology. Intersex people are ""in between,"" neither clearly male nor clearly female. Intersex has been largely hidden through surgery and secrecy but is now coming out into the open. Many intersex people have experienced physical, psychological, and relational pain because of the shame attached to their bodily difference. The existence of people with unusual sexual biology presents a challenge to the Christian ideal of humanity as male and female. How can evangelical Christians rightly respond to this phenomenon? Intersex in Christ provides a balance of grace and truth, upholding male and female as God's created intent, while insisting that there is a positive place in the kingdom of God and the world for people with unusual sexual biology.