For anyone with a sincere interest in intersex conditions…

May 10, 2012

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For anyone with a sincere interest in intersex conditions, this site is a good place to get started.

It explains the difference between the various intersex conditions. Please note that “intersex” does NOT equal “trans”.

Intersex is a congenital biological condition; “trans” is a mental condition in people with otherwise healthy-ish, normal-ish XX female or XY male bodies. (For example, PCOS is NOT an intersex condition. Needing a complete hysterectomy as a young teen due to cancer is NOT an intersex condition. Severe accidental injury to the penis/testes resulting in orchiectomy, etc. in a three-year-old child is NOT an intersex condition. Life-long infertility due to severe endometriosis is NOT an intersex condition.)

Intersex is the result of genetic mutation or developmental accident or injury in-utero (e.g. exposure to the wrong mix of hormones during embryonic development) resulting in genes or reproductive organs that don’t fall into the normal range for XX females or XY males.

“Trans” on the other hand, is an ill-defined bucket comprised of so-called “gender dysphoria”, autogynephilia and other related sexual fetishes, misogynist cultural enforcement of sex-role stereotypes on “masculine” females or “feminine” males by family, school, doctors and certain other segments of society (e.g. the current cultural fad of manipulating and pressuring young “butch” lesbians into “transitioning” into faux heterosexual males) and me-too imitative behaviors by people with serious mental illnesses (personalty disorders, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, etc.)

If an intersex person decides to present as either biologically female or biologically male (even though they are reallybiologically intersex), they are still not “trans”. They are intersex. Ideally, the intersex person should be allowed to make that decision for themselves, not have it forced on them by their parents, their doctors or by a sexist society. If they want to live openly as an intersex person, that is their right and it should be respected by others.

From the website: ”Rather than trying to play a semantic game that never ends, we at ISNA take a pragmatic approach to the question of who counts as intersex. We work to build a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for anyone born with what someone believes to be non-standard sexual anatomy.

Intersex people, as a whole, do NOT want to be lumped in with “trans” or be appropriated by “trans” — they take extreme (and quite understandable) exception to any “trans” person who falsely claims an intersex condition in order to give false authority or false credence to their “transition”.

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4 Comments on “For anyone with a sincere interest in intersex conditions…”

  1. Nicky Says:

    Reblogged this on Living Kallmann’s Syndrome and commented:
    For those who want to know what Intersex is really about and not what Trans like to explain. Here’s a good site that breaks it down in plain English.

  2. Medic_101 Says:

    Well, I wonder who gave the person who wrote this blog the authority to speak for all intersexed people. My opinion is that the author is talking out of her/his rear end.

    When I was 15 I was diagnosed with KS (XXY, 47) and Pseudo-Hermaphrodism (yeah, that was one of the two terms erroneously used to label us back then). It appears that my somewhat ambiguous or underdeveloped sex organs (depending of who was doing looking) were secondary to either a low testosterone and high estrogen level of unknown origin or to a probable case of PAIS. Before my diagnose I looked female and was placed on an androgen regiment to masculinize me. It’s a long story and I won’t get into the details in here.

    The bottom line is that I’m intersexed and I consider myself a transsexual. I met another intersexed girl at a transgender academy and she also considered herself a transsexual. So obviously not every intersexed person shares your opinion.

    So please, do yourself a favor and talk for yourself and NOT for EVERY ONE ELSE! As far as I’m concern, I don’t recall us voting to make you the official intersex community spokesperson. If you consider yourself that or some authority on the subject, you are doing a lousy job. Instead of promoting tolerance and acceptance, you are promoting the opposite. Don’t forget that what goes around comes around.

    Not just that, your idiotic definition of what “trans” means is a window that allows the rest of the world a sneak peak into your mind. Which seems to be full of ignorance, arrogance, lack of education, and understanding!

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