The discussion on #intersex rights for too long has been built off a medical narrative that defines intersex pp who truly biologically are between sexes in a distinct way. In truth if the POINT of our activism is to protect the autonomy & humanity of people, then (1)
We must instead focus on “Interphobia” and who are at risk from it. That includes a larger definition on intersex- like #hypo guys who are needlessly operated on often to negative results from a fear of their slightly different bodies.(2) #intersex
The problem is more and more hospitals are boldly claiming they are ending their forced #intersex surgeries on kids, while in reality most of those surgeries they are still performing. Not because of medical need, but fear of those whose bodies are SEEN as “between” (3)
When we keep a narrow medically prescribed definition of intersex in use it ends up causing more harm, as those most at risk of mutilation motivated by #interphobia are left unprotected. It’s a definition that serves hospital administrators fighting a PR game, not #intersex pp (4
The definition game is used by the medical community to maintain the status quo & ultimately their ability erase diverse bodies cus they see that as “helping” not harmful. Which is why more queer voices need to shape the outlook of the medical community. (5)
Just like adding female voices helped improved medical care for women, against a stubborn medical community. Adding more #queer voices shows that biological diversity w/ no valid health concerns at least is neutral, if not something the body owner can be proud of. (6) #intersex
People who often want to be excluded from the definition are people who also carry interphobia & often have been told their different body was a shameful thing to be fixed. They want to erase that part of themselves. It is part of a larger problem of how we treat #intersex kids 7
People should be able to identify however they want, but we need to provide access to identity cus the cost of not doing so is the loss of body autonomy & body acceptance with their only other option being unnecessary surgery & silence. (8) #intersex

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Sep 9
Do not forgot: the reason why #circumcision exists in various societies and why it’s exclusively forced on boys is as a tool of cultural control. It sends a direct message “your body is not yours. Remember the group before yourself.” #i2 #childrights (1)
It’s the very reason why when #American parents talk their reasoning for #circumcision it’s always for their future partners, for what their school bullies in the locker room, for THEIR preference as parents. For anyone & everything EXCEPT for the boys preferences.(2) #i2
Because IF circumcision had ANYTHING to do with benefiting the boy, or his wishes society wouldn’t forcibly perform #circumcision on babies. They would allow men to decide for themselves. When it comes to cultural issues like this, ALWAYS focus on the actions not the excuses. (3)
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Sep 26, 2021
Continuing the exploration on the historical rise of #circumcision in #Britian, let’s look at the evolving definition of circumcision in the Encyclopaedia Britannica over the decades- showing HOW perceptions changed so dramatically. #i2 #mgm #childrights #historyofBritian (1)
“In the third edition (1797) #circumcision is described as “the act of cutting off the prepuce; a ceremony in the Jewish and Mahometan religions.” Discussion focuses around “strange middle eastern traditions”. Little division is made between male or female circumcision: (2) #i2
“Circumcision is practised on women by cutting off the foreskin of the clitoris, which bears a near resemblance and analogy to the praeputium of the male penis.”(3) #fgm #i2 #historyofcircumcision
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