For anyone with a sincere interest in intersex conditions, this site is a good place to get started.
It explains the difference between the various intersex conditions. Please note that “intersex” does NOT equal “trans”.
Intersex is a congenital biological condition; “trans” is a mental condition in people with otherwise healthy-ish, normal-ish XX female or XY male bodies. (For example, PCOS is NOT an intersex condition. Needing a complete hysterectomy as a young teen due to cancer is NOT an intersex condition. Severe accidental injury to the penis/testes resulting in orchiectomy, etc. in a three-year-old child is NOT an intersex condition. Life-long infertility due to severe endometriosis is NOT an intersex condition.)
Intersex is the result of genetic mutation or developmental accident or injury in-utero (e.g. exposure to the wrong mix of hormones during embryonic development) resulting in genes or reproductive organs that don’t fall into the normal range for XX females or XY males.
“Trans” on the other hand, is an ill-defined bucket comprised of so-called “gender dysphoria”, autogynephilia and other related sexual fetishes, misogynist cultural enforcement of sex-role stereotypes on “masculine” females or “feminine” males by family, school, doctors and certain other segments of society (e.g. the current cultural fad of manipulating and pressuring young “butch” lesbians into “transitioning” into faux heterosexual males) and me-too imitative behaviors by people with serious mental illnesses (personalty disorders, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, etc.)
If an intersex person decides to present as either biologically female or biologically male (even though they are reallybiologically intersex), they are still not “trans”. They are intersex. Ideally, the intersex person should be allowed to make that decision for themselves, not have it forced on them by their parents, their doctors or by a sexist society. If they want to live openly as an intersex person, that is their right and it should be respected by others.
From the website: ”Rather than trying to play a semantic game that never ends, we at ISNA take a pragmatic approach to the question of who counts as intersex. We work to build a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for anyone born with what someone believes to be non-standard sexual anatomy.
Intersex people, as a whole, do NOT want to be lumped in with “trans” or be appropriated by “trans” — they take extreme (and quite understandable) exception to any “trans” person who falsely claims an intersex condition in order to give false authority or false credence to their “transition”.
Reblogged from here.