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Jo Proctor

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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Michael Noble

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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Jo Proctor

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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Michael Noble

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

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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Chris Somers XXY, self portrait, 2013

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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Luminis: “On Being Called a ‘True Hermaphrodite'”

Luminis: “On Being Called a ‘True Hermaphrodite'”

We recommend the writing of Cary Costello, or Luminis at the Intersex Roadshow, despite some reservations about the use ‘intersexed’ as a verb, and ‘intersexuality’, for good reasons written elsewhere on our website. The reason people with ovotestes were termed “true hermaphrodites” by doctors was explicitly to categorize all other intersex people as not “truly”…
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Jo Proctor

Jo Proctor on the Story of ‘R’

‘R’ had his hand and forearm swathed in plaster. Two days earlier he’d tried to punch out the reinforced glass window in his front door. That one angry punch had broken most of the bones in his right hand. It was just the last of many angry punches. ‘R’ radiated anger. Aggression was in the…
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Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson: “Ms Semenya, I Never Knew You”

The events surrounding the gold medal run by Ms Caster Semenya in August of this year have created a perfect storm of speculation around intersex. I know little about Ms Semenya save that she has, by winning a gold medal, brought the full force of sex binary enforcement and intersexphobia down on her apparently unsuitable…
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