Books and journals

Books and selected journal articles on intersex issues, including fiction, peer-reviewed papers, and biographies.

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Karin in LOTL Magazine: “The Legend of Lili Elbe”

OII Australia is pleased to announce that an article on Lili Elbe, the first intersex person known to have undergone urogenital surgery, has been published in the August 2009 issue of LOTL magazine. LOTL can be read online or a free copy can be picked up in venues and stockists. Download a copy of the…
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AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.

New Scientist on “Between XX and XY”, by Gerald N. Callahan

New Scientist on “Between XX and XY”, by Gerald N. Callahan

New Scientist magazine has published a review of Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes, by Gerald N. Callahan PhD, an immunologist and pathologist at Colorado State University. The review is worth reading, and we are now seeking a review copy of the book so that we can look at it…
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When DSD originated

James Pate, MD has kindly provided us with the following: The first mention of “disorder of sex development” I could find was by CE Ford in 1961 (Ford CE. The cytogenetic analysis of some disorder of sex development. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 82:1154-61, 1961 Nov.) Other historical terminology I found was: Disorder of…
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Jessica Cadwallader: “Regulating the Sexed Body”

Dr Jessica Cadwallader of the Somatechnics Research Centre at Macquarie University has given OII Australia kind permission to provide the PDF of the paper she presented at the Regulating the Sexed Body: Circumcision, Genital Modification and Cosmetic Surgery public lecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. OII applauds Dr Cadwallader’s support for intersex people to…
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Man into Woman, 1953 edition

Karin: Lili Elbe’s autobiography, Man into Woman

Download a copy of this book review as a PDF Published autobiographies written by intersex people are rare. Socially-imposed guilt and shame at being born intersex have led to fewer such books being published than one might wish for – we can learn so much from how others like us have lived. I’d always known…
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Nature, Volume 428 Issue 6984, 15 April 2004

Tony Briffa: “Intersex surgery disregards children’s human rights”

Five years ago, Tony Briffa had a letter published in the journal Nature. The issues it raises remain to be addressed: Countries across the world, along with the United Nations, have long recognized the rights of children to physical integrity and have banned the practice of female genital mutilation. True, the operations performed on children…
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