I am not intersex (to my knowledge, a lot of people don’t know unless extensive tests are carried out), and therefore this post will not be a long one because I don’t know a massive amount on the subject. Instead today I want to give some links to explain what it can mean.
A Definition of Intersex
From the Intersex Society of North America
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
Intersex isn’t just one thing, it isn’t ‘having a bit of both’ as some people so nicely say, it is a lot more than that. Intersex is an umbrella term – similar in the way that trans is too. It covers a lot of different forms of diagnosis, if you’d like to know a little more please do have a look at the links next up.
Hopefully these will be helpful for those of you who’d like to know more, a lot of them have useful links to other resources. These are just posts on websites I have found and so I sadly can’t vouch for their validity.
- Here’s What It Really Means To Be Intersex – article by Hanne Gaby Odiele, a 28-year-old Belgian supermodel
- Intersex 101 – sadly I can’t guarantee this is written by an intersex person but hopefully it is helpful
- 8 Things You Only Know If You Are Born Intersex – an article posted originally on The Debrief, republished on Everyday Feminism with permission last year
- 9 Damaging Lies Doctors Told Me When I Was Growing Up Intersex – the story of someone born intersex and the lies they were told by the medical profession. Sadly not the only tale I have heard of its’ kind.
- Why Being Intersex Is About More Than a Diagnosis – a post by Catherine Graffam, originally published on Medium and republished with permission on Everyday Feminism.