Books about Intersex
This comprehensive yet accessible resource provides readers with everything they need to know about intersex - people who are born with any range of sex characteristics that might not fit typical binary notions about male and female bodies.
What makes someone a boy or a girl? Is it external genitalia, chromosomes, DNA, environment, or some combination of these factors? Not even doctors or scientists are entirely clear. What is clear is that sex is not girl/boy or XX/XY, switching between two poles like an on/off switch on a radio.
Rather, sex is like the bass and treble knobs on that radio.
"In Hillman's world, the surer you become about who you are, the more vulnerable you get."--The San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Hillman's writing is sexy because it's smart and refuses to simplify things."--Fabula Magazine
What happens when a baby is born with "ambiguous" genitalia or a combination of "male" and "female" body parts? Clinicians and parents in these situations are confronted with complicated questions such as whether a girl can have XY chromosomes, or whether some penises are "too small" for a male sex assignment.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 2021 STONEWALL HONOR BOOKMeet Kimberly, a regular suburban housewife and mother, whose discovery later in life that she was born intersex fuelled her to become an international human rights defender and globally-recognised activist.
This transformative guide completely breaks down our current understanding of biological sex and gender diversity.
Now updated with groundbreaking research, this award-winning classic examines the construction of sexual identity in biology, society, and history.
From the moment intersexuality-the condition of having physical gender markers (genitals, gonads, or chromosomes) that are neither clearly female nor male-is suspected and diagnosed, social institutions are mobilized in order to maintain the two seemingly objective sexual categories.
Watch Georgiann Davis in National Geographic's Gender Revolution documentary with Katie Couric
A personal, compelling perspective on how medical diagnoses can profoundly hurt, or help, the lived experiences of entire communities
Winner, 2017 Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award, presented by the American Sociological Association
Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites--people born with "ambiguous" sexual anatomy--and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses on events in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, a moment of great tension for questions of sex roles.
Approximately one in every two thousand infants born in America each year is sexually ambiguous in such a way that doctors cannot immediately determine the child’s sex. Some children’s chromosomal sexuality contradicts their sexual characteristics. Others have the physical traits of both sexes, or of neither.
Putting the ethical tools of philosophy to work, Ellen K. Feder seeks to clarify how we should understand the problem of intersex. Adults often report that medical interventions they underwent as children to correct atypical sex anatomies caused them physical and psychological harm.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 2019 STONEWALL HONOR BOOK
“None of the Above is a powerful story of discovering one’s true identity. This book will open hearts and change minds.”—Stephen Chbosky, bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Merging critical theory, autobiography, and sexological archival research, Queer Embodiment provides insight into what it means to have a legible body in the West.
In the summer of 2020, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital apologized to their former intersex patients who endured early childhood surgeries "normalizing" the appearance of their genitals and agreed to stop performing such procedures until children were old enough to participate in decision-making.
Ashley Ash Bishop has always known who he is: a guy who loves soccer, has a crush on his friend Michelle, and is fascinated by the gruesome history of his hometown--Salem, Massachusetts. He's also always known that he's intersex, born with both male and female genitalia.