Style guide: on intersex and terminology

Third International Intersex Forum, 2013

A style guide to describing intersex people, intersex bodies, and the issues facing the intersex community. The guide, designed primarily for journalists and writers, contains video, audio and photographic content to illustrate the diversity of intersex identities, bodies and characteristics…

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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More on intersex terminology

THERE are two fundamental issues that must be considered when considering terminology around intersex. Scientific nomenclature of intersex: INTERSEX is a scientific term that describes all differences of sex biology within the animal kingdom that are not hermaphroditic. Terminology such as “hermaphrodite”, “pseudo-hermaphrodite”, “disorders” and “conditions” have been used in some medical literature to describe…
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Amnesty International and intersex

Amnesty International and intersex

WE support the human rights campaign work that Amnesty International does worldwide, and hope that the organisation takes into account the fact that intersex people worldwide do not have equality or human rights. That includes Australia. It is ironic that Australia’s National Human Rights Consultation can be spoken about as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ‘tell…
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European Journal of Endocrinology: Quality of life in 70 intersex women

We have come across a paper archived at the European Journal of Endocrinology that is titled Quality of life in 70 women with disorders of sex development, resulting from a study by the Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen. The paper is a reminder of how intersex people are regarded by the medical profession in general,…
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Women’s Health Initiative, defusing the fear of HRT

Women’s Health Initiative, defusing the fear of HRT

After the Women’s Health Initiative study of HRT released its findings in 2002, a backlash against all HRT set in and many women refused to use HRT at all from that point onwards. Many women came to suffer badly for it. Many doctors became reluctant to prescribe any HRT at all, or adequate or well…
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