Health and medical ethics

Veronica Drantz writes: Intersex People – Disordered or Different? The DSD Debate

Veronica Drantz writes: Intersex People – Disordered or Different? The DSD Debate

Biologist Veronica Drantz writes a great piece on intersex people: “disordered or different?”, including material from OII founder Curtis Hinkle, and Dr. Milton Diamond. I agree with Milton Diamond and Curtis Hinkle that intersex persons are natural variations and are not disordered. In my presentation of “Science and Sexuality”, I discuss the different perspectives of…
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Letters of concern to the APA on the DSM-V

Letters of concern to the APA on the DSM-V

Dr Jane Costello’s letter of resignation from the APA’s Child and Adolescent Disorders work group IINTERSEX people who reject the sex assigned to them at birth by doctors who are merely guessing at what their actual sex may be before performing irreversible sterilisation, cosmetic genital surgery and prescribing lifelong hormone treatment are often thrown to…
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AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

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.

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

OII Australia is sensitive towards photographic depictions of intersex individuals. The reasons for OII Australia’s sensitivity are exemplified in this article about non-consensual photography. We can’t help but wonder if the photographic voyeurism, and staff attitudes towards this person’s body, impacted on the quality of care that was given – the person is known to…
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Dr Veronica Drantz: “Science and Sexuality” and medical photography

Dr Veronica Drantz: “Science and Sexuality” and medical photography

Biologist and physiologist Veronica Drantz PhD has produced an excellent PowerPoint presentation titled Science and Sexuality: The Biology of Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Intersexuality. We recommend it, although we are uncomfortable with the clinical images it contains of intersex people. OII Australia does not generally approve of photographs of intersex individuals. We are especially uncomfortable…
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