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Intersex Awareness Day: Scalpels Away Unless They Say

Intersex Awareness Day

Everyone knows what the letters in our acronym stand for but there one that we don’t know much about. So today being Intersex Awareness Day what better day to become aware!

 

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Happy #IntersexAwarenessDay! Let’s protect and support the intersex members of our communities ? Reposted from @blairimani #SmarterInSeconds! Intersex Awareness ?? A special edition for #IntersexAwarenessDay. Many thanks to @genderfenderbender and @interact_adv for your work and research! ⁣ ⁣ Intersex people are just as common as redheads making up about 2% of the human population.⁣ ⁣ Intersex is an umbrella term that refers to people with bodies that do not conform to the binary expectations of sex. ⁣ ⁣ This variation can include chromosomes, hormones, internal and external genitalia. ⁣ ⁣ Organizations:⁣ @Interact_Adv⁣ @IntersexJusticeProject⁣ @InterconnectSupportGroup⁣ ⁣ People:⁣ @pidgeon⁣ @saifaemerges⁣ @genderfenderbender⁣ @hihellohans

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October 26th is #intersexawarenessday ✨ All this month, intersex youth advocates are sharing their #MyIntersexBody stories to highlight the strength of the #intersex community.⁣ ⁣⁣ Intersex people often have chromosomes that do not “match up” with their external genitalia. Some doctors try to argue that chromosomes = gender, with the idea that if they test for an intersex infant’s chromosomes, they can recommend surgeries to make the appearance of the genitals “match” the chromosomes. (For example: large clitoris + XX chromosomes = OK to recommend an infant clitoral reduction to parents; large clitoris + XY chromosomes = maybe wait.) This modern-day thought is connected to centuries of medical patriarchy in the United States: historically it was up to doctors to figure out and enforce each individual’s “true sex,” to make sure they were heterosexual.⁣ ⁣ Sometimes change is slow. But intersex people have a right to make decisions about their own bodies and sexual futures, just like anyone else. Follow @interact_adv to learn more.⁣

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Kelli Buseyhttps://planettransgender.com
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  1. I’ve never understood why parents allowed doctors to chop off pieces of their child’s genitalia just so the child could conform to some artificial “norm”. Why not let the child make the decision when he or she gets older? It IS his or her body, after all.

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