When DSD originated

James Pate, MD has 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 sex…
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David Ebershoff’s novel “The Danish Girl” reissued

David Ebershoff’s novel “The Danish Girl” reissued

Australian independent book publisher Allen & Unwin has re-issued The Danish Girl, the novel based on the life of Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener and her wife, the painter Gerda Wegener, written by David Ebershoff and first released by Viking in the United States in 2000. Lili Elbe was the first well-known intersex person to…
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Opinion by Karin: Church brutality

What can be said in the face of this? I heard many rumours about this kind of thing going on in Western Australia for years, where many Irish Christian Brothers and Sisters of Mercy, and nuns from other orders, run boarding schools. My own mother was in the care of nuns, in another state. She…
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Karin: “Middle Sexes”, not all the same

Karin: “Middle Sexes”, not all the same

Intersex people are often represented as being all the same, or as slight variations on a uniform theme. So, too, are trans men and women. Likewise, the Hijras of India and Pakistan, or the Kathoey of Thailand, are depicted as being near-identical clones of each other. It’s a new form of an old trope –…
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Karyotype does not infallibly predict male or female phenotype

Karyotype does not infallibly predict male or female phenotype

We have obtained a copy of the medical research paper cited by New Scientist magazine in their report of 9th April 2009 – Girl with Y chromosome sheds light on maleness. A seven-year-old girl with a Y chromosome is providing new clues about a possible “master switch” of maleness. The girl has the normal chromosome…
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