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Opinion by Jo Proctor: Neo-eugenics and its war against human biological diversity

Neo-eugenics or ‘new eugenics’ is the term given to modern medicine’s rapidly evolving biotechnological ability to identify and terminate a raft of congenital variations at increasingly early stages of fetal development. On June 30th, OII published an abstract originating from Lille University in France. The paper, published in the Journal of Pediatric Urology – http://www.jpurol.com/article/S1477-5131%2810%2900200-7/abstract…
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Opinion by Michael Noble: I am me and I am OK

The following biography is based on a paper I presented at the Gay and Lesbian Feast Festival, Adelaide, South Australia in 2002. As much has changed for me since then, in relation to how I perceive myself and my outlook, the document has been significantly revised and updated. Intersex is primarily not matter of identity…
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Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

Opinion by Jo Proctor: Caster Semenya, post-mortem of a debacle

If the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) terse three sentence statement, issued on the sixth of July, is anything to go by, the organization is determined to close down any further discussion of the Caster Semenya debacle. This was issued following two ‘false starts’ from the IAAF – one in May 2010 and the second…
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Cary Costello: “Five Myths that Hurt Intersex People”

Cary Costello: “Five Myths that Hurt Intersex People”

Cary Gabriel Costello writes as Luminis at The Intersex Roadshow. This is an excellent article well worth drawing attention to, by a writer whose work is always rewarding to read. I [have] had conversations with some intersex acquaintances recently about painful situations in which (non[-]intersex) people have accused my friends of not “really” being intersex….
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Michael Noble: Representations of Klinefelter Syndrome

Michael Noble: Representations of Klinefelter Syndrome

Michael Noble wrote this paper in 2003, and it was revised in 2010. Copyright © by Michael Noble 2010. Note Michael has asked that we point out that this paper was originally written in and around 2003 and that “I have seen some KS websites are now less reactive to the suggestion that XXY is…
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Gina Wilson: Sexism is the Issue with the IOC

THE issue with the IOC – International Olympic Committee – is sexism and every woman should be outraged. Why? Physical advantage Every gold medallist since the beginning of the modern Olympics, and most likely those in the old Olympics has a physical advantage over his competitors. The underlying prejudice in the current situation is that…
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David’s story

David’s story

I have said before that the way that I was treated or almost treated, as a young adult, by some top university hospital medical people would have been considered a crime if I had been under age. In the early 1970s, everywhere that I went for medical help and the medical-legal means to be legally…
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Chris Somers xxy, Tracy Reibel and David Whyatt: Intersex and androgyny and implications for provision of primary health care

Chris Somers xxy, Tracy Reibel and David Whyatt: Intersex and androgyny and implications for provision of primary health care

Chris Somers xxy (vice-president of OII Australia) and colleagues present an analysis of intersex issues for primary healthcare providers. Chris Somers xxy is a national and international intersex activist with a M.Ed. By Research (UWA); concerning Androgyny; B.Ed. (Melb); Hons Dip Creative Photography (Trent Polytechnic now Trent University, UK); who has worked in a number…
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Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

Patricia Nell Warren: “The IOC and gender inquisition”

Opinion piece by Patricia Nell Warren, reprinted with kind permission from the author. While the IAAF has been backing and filling on the Caster Semenya case, many of us have been waiting for the IOC shoe to drop. Yesterday the shoe dropped. In Miami Beach, a panel of so-called “experts” convened by the IOC and…
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