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We thank Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice – AIC – for her intersex advocacy

LEGAL advocate for intersex people Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice – AIC has further contributed to  public education about  intersex people  in a recent, at-length and in-depth interview with San Francisco Bay Area radio station KPFA. 

Against the Grain: Intersex Children, Genital Surgery - click to go to this web page.
Against the Grain: Intersex Children, Genital Surgery - click to go to this web page.

The program – now available as a downloadable MP3 file – was broadcast on the Against the Grain program on Monday, March 5, 2012.

Remember all that stuff you learned in sex ed about gender, about the traits that dictate gender identity? Anne Tamar-Mattis says a lot of what we learned is, in fact, misinformation. She describes what happens to young children born with so-called intersex conditions; one option frequently pursued is irreversible genital surgery.

The program references “intersex conditions”. While not being ideal terminology it is vastly superior to  stigmatizing words such as “disorder” or “illness”. Dr Tamar-Mattis has become one of a growing number of academics and advocates who now refer to intersex using less pathologizing and  stigmatizing language.

We note  that intersex is a range of congenital, biological variations in sex that are common in humanity as well as the rest of the natural world. Intersex is essentially a rights issue, not a medical oddity.

The prevalence of intersex in human beings is some 1.9% to 4% while many other species are partly, wholly, serially or sequentially hermaphrodite or intersex. There are no hermaphrodites amongst humanity.

We wish to thank Dr Tamar-Mattis for her ongoing advocacy on behalf of intersex people and note her use of less contentious language.

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