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2 May, 10 tweets, 2 min read
I’m recovering from surgery and the last thing I wanted was to be dragged into our peoples arguments about bodies online. So here’s what I’ll say and I won’t engage aside from this. I need to set boundaries and have them respected. 🧵
Intersex people come in all different shapes, sizes, personalities, nationalities and opinions - just like anybody else.

Intersex/DSD/VSC or whatever other terms there are co-exist but carry different meanings. There are differences between them as much as there are similarities
None of this is a “feeing”. You can feel happy, angry, curious, fascinated or stupid but you can’t feel intersex. Having a variation in your sex characteristics that is deemed atypical by society is not a mood it’s a state of being.
You cannot “become” intersex because it’s congenital - there from birth and it’s not something which has been changed or about you. Most of us have been changed to try and remove what makes us the way we are.
I didn’t think my body didn’t respond to particular androgens, it didn’t.

I didn’t think my body was a problem, it isn’t but I was told it was.

I didn’t think I had a choice in agreeing or receiving treatments, They were just performed on me as an infant and continue lifelong.
All of this is because our differences are observed by others. We grow up or find out and the only thing we want is to be “normal”.

Some of us are on complicated journeys trying to accept our bodies. We are fighting against medically unnecessary procedures and stigmatisation.
Whilst I am so grateful that people are having conversations and learning about intersex traits and medicalised terms like DSD conditions are becoming less taboo with time…
That said, it’s not something that’s easy and it is frankly annoying when someone “wants” to be intersex because it shows a basic lack of understanding. And for me, I find it deeply hurtful when someone reduces my entire body and experiences to try and understand it’s complexity.
Please listen and diversity your experiences of bodies that are diverse and just listen. We are a multicultural and multigenerational movement and our commonalities are just as important as our differences. There is no single intersex story or voice and there shouldn’t be. /End
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2 Mar
I struggle with control, trust and boundaries a lot. For me, the cause was my intersex childhood: no control over “treatment” decisions, having a “secret” (which was also my body) and the added trauma of showing my genitalia to every medical professional who asked to see it.
Having a chaperone didn’t make a difference because I felt like I had no choice. The chaperone wasn’t there for my protection, it felt like they were just an extra interested person who wanted to see my body

And when you’re trying to be “fixed” you’d do anything to be ‘normal’.
Don’t know about anyone else but because I thought I was alone, I put so much pressure on myself to try “help” my doctors to find the answer which would fix me. I agreed to everything.
I thought the more people that knew, the better things would be for me/future people like me.
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