Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Male or Female (Intersex): Where do I belong?

What is Intersex?  “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. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
 
Intersex is an issue that most of our community members have been silent about but as days go by it is a factor that has become more evident. In most parts of the world there is no change for integration for people who have both sexes there putting them on the margin of our society.  In most global system; for instance legal system, when applying for passport, when joining schools and when doing other activities of daily living the system has placed barriers not acknowledging the existence of this minority group and or being insensitive to them.

Aren't they part of us?

Just as a food of thought where do we want them to belong? 



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