Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

On Cohen-Kettenis: “Psychosocial and psychosexual aspects of disorders of sex development”

On Cohen-Kettenis: “Psychosocial and psychosexual aspects of disorders of sex development”

Intersex biological diversity was subsumed into the world of psychological theory as a result of John Money’s observations and beliefs, developed from the mid-1950s onward. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other “mental health professionals” have maintained a vice-like grip on intersex issues and the private lives of intersex people since that time. Money’s duplicity in the David…
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On Lee and Houk: “The Role of Support Groups, Advocacy Groups, and Other Interested Parties in Improving the Care of Patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Pleas and Warnings”

The rapid progression of intersex medicalization since the mid-1950s has directly influenced the development of intersex support and advocacy groups. These have a significant presence on the internet and many, such as OII also have a physical presence in countries that have set up affiliate organizations. Organisation Intersex International (OII) and other advocacy and support…
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Caster Semenya: Official mismanagement and media confusion

Yesterday reportage on the participation of South Africa’s 800m women’s world champion, Caster Semenya, in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games was confused. Britain’s Guardian carried two contrasting stories in its online edition. Tubby Reddy, the chief executive of South Africa’s Olympic Committee, confirmed tonight that the 800m world champion was not fit enough to make…
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On dexamethasone and the making of “normal”

On dexamethasone and the making of “normal”

In 2009 Dr Reis’s book, Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex, examined the cultural contexts that both inform and drive western medicine’s attitudes and responses to intersex bodies. Beginning with the profound homophobia of the 19th through to the 21st centuries, to the taboo topic of neo-vaginal dilation, Reis challenged standard medical practices…
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OII Australia dialog with Andrology Australia about XXY people

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM, Gina … wrote: PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY INTO THE PERSONAL IMPACTS OF KLINEFELTER SYNDROME Dear Amy I have received information about a study into Klinefelters you are conducting. I was curious to know why you are only interested in studying XXY men. Organisation Intersex International has many…
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OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

Update: 2012 Submission to the APA on the DSM-5 Draft In June 2012, OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ released a submission to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. It extends this position statement, and presents research justifying our position. Our 2010 position statement,…
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