Medicine and Science

Non-consensual surgery on intersex infants in in Russia

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HERE’S a report on surgery on intersex newborns and infants in the Russian city of Rostov. A 2-year-old boy underwent a sex change operation in the southern Russian city of Rostov after doctors discovered that he had been born with a set of female chromosomes and reproductive organs, Life News reported on Tuesday. Oksana S,…
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Research: people with AIS dissatisfied with results of non-consensual genital surgery as infants

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Research: people with AIS dissatisfied with results of non-consensual genital surgery as infants

A team of medical researchers reports that intersex people subjected to intersex genital surgery as infants are dissatisfied with the results of that surgery – surgery which remains a standard treatment for intersex infants.  In a world first, the team consulted intersex people with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) on their surgery outcomes. The numbers are revealing: Dissatisfaction with…
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[Op/Ed] Characterizing people with XXY and similar karyotypes as male by default, or “disorders”, makes obvious intersex variations invisible

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[Op/Ed] Characterizing people with XXY and similar karyotypes as male by default, or “disorders”, makes obvious intersex variations invisible

I make the observation that the characterization of a person with XXY, or combinations thereof as described in this article, as male, makes invisible their obvious intersex. To see them as infertile males is an observation taken from a certain cultural perspective that considers intersex differences as somehow resolvable into actual maleness or femaleness. This…
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UK petition against cosmetic assignment surgery upon intersex infants

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AN e-petition against the widespread practice of intersex genital mutilation (IGM) aka intersex assignment surgery amongst other euphemisms has been posted by Miss Anne Carter under the UK Government’s Directgov e-petitions scheme. Surgery on intersex infants and children is mutilation and in breach of the child’s human rights under UN Children’s Charter and puts the…
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[Media Release] Arrogance, Hypocrisy & the new World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care, version 7 (SOC v7)

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Thursday 29th September 2011 Re: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, 7th version, wpath.org In an act of breathtaking hypocrisy the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) has released pathologizing guidelines for the treatment of intersex children and adults who reject…
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