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Books about Intersex

A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex By Jay Kyle Petersen, Christina M. Laukaitis (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781785926310
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - December 21st, 2020

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.

Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes By Gerald N. Callahan, PhD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781613736548
Published: Chicago Review Press - November 1st, 2016

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.

Intersex (for Lack of a Better Word) By Thea Hillman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933149240
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Published: Manic D Press - September 1st, 2008

"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

Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience By Katrina Karkazis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822343189
Published: Duke University Press - November 1st, 2008

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.

Xoxy: A Memoir (Intersex Woman, Mother, Activist) By Kimberly M. Zieselman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781785928376
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - March 19th, 2020


Meet 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.

The Spectrum of Sex: The Science of Male, Female, and Intersex By Hida Viloria, Maria Nieto, Alex Law (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hida Viloria, Maria Nieto, Alex Law (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781787752658
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - February 21st, 2020

This transformative guide completely breaks down our current understanding of biological sex and gender diversity.

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality By Anne Fausto-Sterling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541672895
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Published: Basic Books - June 30th, 2020

Now updated with groundbreaking research, this award-winning classic examines the construction of sexual identity in biology, society, and history.

Lessons from the Intersexed By Suzanne J. Kessler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813525303
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Published: Rutgers University Press - July 1st, 1998

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.

Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (Biopolitics #10) By Georgiann Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479887040
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Published: New York University Press - September 11th, 2015

Winner, 2017 Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award, presented by the American Sociological Association

Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex By Alice Domurat Dreger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674001893
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 1st, 2000

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.

Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self By Sharon E. Preves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813532295
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Published: Rutgers University Press - April 8th, 2003

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.

Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine By Ellen K. Feder, Alice Dreger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780253012289
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Published: Indiana University Press - April 24th, 2014

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.

Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child By Stephani Lohman, Eric Lohman, Georgiann Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781785927676
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - July 19th, 2018


None of the Above By I. W. Gregorio Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062335326
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 4th, 2017

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.

Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex By Elizabeth Reis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421441849
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - July 13th, 2021

This renowned history of intersex in America has been comprehensively updated to reflect recent shifts in attitudes, bioethics, and medical and legal practices.

Just Ash By Sol Santana Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541599246
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Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - October 5th, 2021

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.