Why Do Trans Activists Claim to Be Intersex?

This is a question I get asked a lot and, to be honest, it’s one of the hardest to answer. Firstly, being asked to second guess someone else’s motivation is problematic. I can only guess what they’re thinking based on their behaviour, I can’t know. Secondly, I don’t think it has a simple answer, like [...]

Introducing DSDvoices…

I thought it might be useful to share some other perspectives from intersex people/people with DSDs, so I’m going to start a collection called DSDvoices. I hope this provides intersex people/people with DSDs with a space in which they can tell their stories and talk about themselves and their conditions without fear of being criticised [...]

DSDvoices: On the importance of knowing Women with Turner Syndrome are women

Guest author; @soulfoodie, republished, with kind permission, from her blog. If I was nervous about writing the previous post, I am beyond nervous about writing this one. I have been thinking if I should now for several months. The fact I even have to write it, and the knowledge of some of the reactions I [...]

Is there such a thing as “intersex genitalia”?

Okay, let's talk about "intersex genitalia", or using its proper term, ambiguous genitalia and how sex is determined. First of all, it is not some doctor, rubbing their chin, doing a sharp intake of breath and writing down a question mark, or a "best guess", with a shrug. This really minimises the experience that parents [...]

Do Intersex Men Have Periods?

I’ve been asked to comment on some of the claims made by Jessica Yaniv in their recent British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal hearing (there’s some background to the case here for those not familiar with it), as well as other comments they have made in the past pertaining to being intersex. Let’s get the easy [...]

Don’t Call Me Cis

I often see trans activists and their allies laughing at the idea that not everyone has a “gender identity”, so I'm going to tell you a story that proves it. This will also explain a bit about my condition so it's quite personal. Then we'll see who's laughing.   Okay, so my condition (MRKH) isn't usually evident at birth. On [...]

Is Sex a Spectrum? Sex Determination and Differentiation

Right, we’re still struggling with the idea that there’s only two sex classes and that intersex people do not prove the ability to change sex, or do not exist on a spectrum. So, let’s look at sex determination and differentiation…   Sex is determined at the point of conception. This is known as primary (or gonadal) [...]

Statistics and Semantics: Is Intersex “as common as red heads”?

Today we’re going to talk statistics and semantics. I’m going to do so via the medium of one of social media’s favourite stats 1.7% (aka “intersex is as common as red heads.”). The statistic comes from Fausto-Sterling’s work, which you can see a review of here.  To understand the statistic, we have to drill down into what the meaning of the word “intersex” is. Most [...]

Do Intersex Women Have Penises?

Do intersex women have penises? I’m seeing this thrown around a lot, so let’s address it. Firstly, as ever, let’s all remember that intersex is not the same as trans, and the conflation is harmful and ignorant. Now let’s get on with some science…   I’m not even really sure what people mean when they talk [...]