Genetically Intersex – It’s a…. does it matter?

by loval1 on April 13, 2014 - 11:00pm

Geraldine Christmas did a study in New Zealand that gave a new insight on how some places on the earth handle the intersex condition. This article shows how difficult the Intersex condition can be for some parents and medical professions. Because New Zealand has, a relatively smaller population compared to countries like the USA or Australia many babies are referred to Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In Melbourne, at the Royals Children hospital, many children who have an intersex condition are treated fairly and surgical procedures are usually done to prolong the child’s life after infancy.

Like any unknown medical condition, many people are “afraid” of it and want to keep quiet for the fear of being found out. Many parents are sometimes forced by social pressures from others to reveal the sex of the baby, when no one truly knows the sex of the baby (Christmas, 2013, pp. 28-29). Blatantly this article shows how important it is to have support groups and education for the parents so that no one is left in the dark. That is what feeds the fear of The Unknown.

In contrast, America has a larger population than New Zealand which accounts for a less intimate practicum when this condition arises. There are not many known social support groups in America for individuals who have a intersex condition and for the parents. This is important because people who do not live up the socially acceptable facets of the culture need to know that they are not “weird” or “different” so excruciatingly that they feel they cannot be a part of anything that is “normal.”

It is so interesting to know that many people have to know the sex of a baby before they can [hopefully] get to other things about the baby. (E.g. how cute the baby is, how smart the baby is, how healthy the baby is, et cetera).

            It has always been interesting to me to note that many people place such high validation on knowing someone’s sex before they want to know anything else about the person. I have always wondered why, because I have learned, witnessed, and experiences that someone’s genetic layout or genitals do not solely define them.

 

References

Christmas, G. (2013). ‘It’s a... does it matter?’ Theorising ‘boy or girl’ binary classifications, intersexuality and medical practice in New Zealand. Women Studies Journal, 27(1), 25-35. Retrieved from EBSCO Host database.

Intersex Society of North America. (2013). What is Intersex? Retrieved April 2, 2014, from Intersex Society of North America website: http://www.isna.org/

Comments

Interesting subject! I really appreciate that you talked about such an interesting topic, intersex. Not many people know about these people and I agree with you that the genitals of someone do not define that person. Similarly, the gender of someone does not define that person as well. I currently post articles about transgender rights, more specifically transgender people and the health system. For my final project, I will do a research paper on the access to health care for transgender people. I already search a bit of information about it and I found that they are often discriminated because they are transgender. They are treated differently than non-trans people, even though they receive the same medical care. As you say, intersex and transgender people shouldn’t feel different from “normal” people and shouldn’t be discriminated against. Regarding their genitals or gender, they should all be treated equally and people shouldn’t care about it.