Odiele disclosed that she has the intersex trait androgen insensitivity syndrome in According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Intersex people are born with sex characteristics including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.
Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all. People whose characteristics are not either all typically male or all typically female at birth are intersex.
Others will not become aware that they are intersex unless they receive genetic testing, because it does not manifest in their phenotype. Intersex in history , Timeline of intersex history , and History of intersex surgery Hermaphroditus in a wall painting from Herculaneum first half of the 1st century AD Whether or not they were socially tolerated or accepted by any particular culture, the existence of intersex people was known to many ancient and pre-modern cultures.
The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus wrote of "hermaphroditus" in the first century BCE that Hermaphroditus "is born with a physical body which is a combination of that of a man and that of a woman", and with supernatural properties.
In some non-European societies, sex or gender systems with more than two categories may have allowed for other forms of inclusion of both intersex and transgender people. Such societies have been characterized as "primitive", while Morgan Holmes states that subsequent analysis has been simplistic or romanticized, failing to take account of the ways that subjects of all categories are treated. Some later shifts in terminology have reflected advances in genetics, while other shifts are suggested to be due to pejorative associations.
Surgeons pinpointed intersex babies as a "social emergency" when born. Intersex rights by country Human rights institutions are placing increasing scrutiny on harmful practices and issues of discrimination against intersex people.
These issues have been addressed by a rapidly increasing number of international institutions including, in , the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization.
These developments have been accompanied by International Intersex Forums and increased cooperation amongst civil society organizations. However, the implementation, codification, and enforcement of intersex human rights in national legal systems remains slow. Areas of concern include non-consensual medical interventions; stigma, discrimination and equal treatment; access to reparations and justice; access to information and support, and legal recognition.
Physical integrity and bodily autonomy[ edit ] Legal prohibition of non-consensual medical interventions Regulatory suspension of non-consensual medical interventions Main articles: Intersex human rights and Intersex medical interventions Stigmatization and discrimination from birth may include infanticide, abandonment and the stigmatization of families.
Mothers in east Africa may be accused of witchcraft, and the birth of an intersex child may be described as a curse. Medical interventions to modify the sex characteristics of intersex people, without the consent of the intersex person have taken place in all countries where the human rights of intersex people have been studied.
Such interventions have been criticized by the World Health Organization, other UN bodies such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and an increasing number of regional and national institutions due to their adverse consequences, including trauma, impact on sexual function and sensation, and violation of rights to physical and mental integrity.
Discrimination against intersex people Inclusion in equal treatment and hate crime law. Because people born with intersex bodies are seen as different, intersex infants, children, adolescents and adults "are often stigmatized and subjected to multiple human rights violations", including discrimination in education, healthcare, employment, sport, and public services.
Intersex human rights Facilitating access to justice and reparations. Intersex human rights Access to information , medical records, peer and other counselling and support. With the rise of modern medical science in Western societies, a secrecy-based model was also adopted, in the belief that this was necessary to ensure "normal" physical and psychosocial development.
Legal recognition of intersex people The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions states that legal recognition is firstly "about intersex people who have been issued a male or a female birth certificate being able to enjoy the same legal rights as other men and women. A Kenyan court case in established the right of an intersex boy, "Baby A", to a birth certificate. Foremost, we advocate use of the terms "typical", "usual", or "most frequent" where it is more common to use the term "normal.
Emphasize that all of these conditions are biologically understandable while they are statistically uncommon. Hermaphrodite A hermaphrodite is an organism that has both male and female reproductive organs.
Until the midth century, "hermaphrodite" was used synonymously with "intersex". Currently, hermaphroditism is not to be confused with intersex, as the former refers only to a specific phenotypical presentation of sex organs and the latter to a more complex combination of phenotypical and genotypical presentation. Using hermaphrodite to refer to intersex individuals is considered to be stigmatizing and misleading. Disorders of sex development[ edit ] Main article: Disorders of sex development " Disorders of sex development " DSD is a contested term,   defined to include congenital conditions in which development of chromosomal, gonadal, or anatomical sex is atypical.
Members of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology adopted this term in their "Consensus statement on management of intersex disorders".
Emi Koyama describes how inclusion of intersex in LGBTI can fail to address intersex-specific human rights issues, including creating false impressions "that intersex people's rights are protected" by laws protecting LGBT people, and failing to acknowledge that many intersex people are not LGBT. Literature about intersex and Intersex characters in fiction An intersex character is the narrator in Jeffrey Eugenides ' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex.
Television works about intersex and films about intersex are scarce. Intersex civil society organizations Intersex peer support and advocacy organizations have existed since at least , with the establishment of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia in Intersex Awareness Day and Intersex Day of Remembrance Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people, occurring annually on 26 October.
It marks the first public demonstration by intersex people, which took place in Boston on 26 October , outside a venue where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. It marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin , a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by Michel Foucault in Herculine Barbin: