Intersex, DSDs, and Sex as a Spectrum

Sex Development: Analogous to Construction
  • Likelihood of being born with a Condition which might result in ambiguous internal and external genitalia/sex organs: 0.02%. That is 1 in 5,000 births, which are born with 1 of 3 disorders, not all of whom will have sexual ambiguity (ie: over 90% of males with 45X/46XY Gonadal Dysgenesis will have normal external genitalia).
  • Likelihood of being born with a disorder which might result in ambiguous external genitalia (but which would have clearly identifiable internal sex organs, like ovaries or undescended testes): 0.013%. That’s 1 in 8,000 born with 1 of 8 disorders, not all of whom will have any sexual ambiguity at all.
Ratio of Ambiguous VS Unambiguous sex
  • Some people are more male or more female than others. Presumably, for example, if you have smaller breasts you are less female than someone with larger breasts. There is never any real clarity around this notion, however. Perhaps because it is ridiculous?
  • That people with DSDs are neither male nor female, but something ‘in between’ those two ends of the spectrum. This is dehumanizing and insulting to those with DSDs.
  • That DSDs are part of the natural order of things, regardless of the health concerns and infertility that many of them cause. This is dangerous and minimizes the health risks to those with DSDs.
  • That ambiguity of sex is common, normal, and good. In actuality, it is extremely rare and based around a breakdown in the normal development processes. To accept this premise, one must also accept all other disorders (breakdowns in normal development) as normal and good.

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Jimmy Knibbe

Jimmy Knibbe

@CanuckPlucky. Complex Topics made accessible and presented fairly. Not interested in affirmation.