“And the fact that the word has ‘sex’ in it, that’s double jeopardy.Particularly for parents of a newborn who hear that word for the first time, it’s so alarming.But one movement intersex advocates are not sure they want to be automatically lumped in with is the gay-rights struggle.
"God made me the way I am, and I accept myself,” she told South Africa’s You magazine.
Janet says most intersex people—at least those that aren’t world-class runners—live pedestrian lives. ”The intersex-rights movement seeks the same things most civil-rights struggles seek: mainstream acceptance, equality under the law, the right to safely be “out.” And, oh yeah: They don’t want to be called “hermaphrodites.”“The term ‘hermaphrodite’ is stigmatizing and confusing,” says Alice Domurat Dreger, a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University who is cited regularly by intersex individuals and advocates.
“It usually suggests to people that someone has all the organs of males and females—but that is not physically possible.
But we are not our genitals, any of us, whether our bodies are ‘right’ or not.
Let parents bond with their baby, and don’t create this panic around the idea that your child isn’t right.”This focus on medical care, and building a holistic support network of family and knowledgeable medical professionals, grew out of a movement that has not hesitated to take to the streets.
And androgen insensitivity syndrome, which can cause people born with XY chromosomes (male typical) to appear feminine.