At 16 months-old, a foster child in South Carolina known as M. The goal was to refashion M. His adoptive parents, Mark and Pam Crawford, believe the state was wrong to allow the surgery and that doctors were wrong not to inform those making the decision that the surgery was not medically necessary. A recently-filed lawsuit, brought on behalf of M. Never before in U. Unfortunately the case is also causing a host of misunderstandings. First off, contrary to some news reports and commentaries, M.
Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?
The Atlantic Crossword
Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals the testes and ovaries. The older term for this condition is hermaphroditism. Although the older terms are still included in this article for reference, they have been replaced by most experts, patients and families. Increasingly, this group of conditions is being called disorders of sex development DSDs.
Nature pushing borders
Jack was born with both male and female anatomy, with ovarian and testicular tissue, and genitals that could belong to either a boy or a girl. He has one of at least 40 congenital variations, known collectively as disorders of sexual development DSD , or intersex traits. But the doctors took that away from us without any explanation. The British charity DSD Families estimates that around babies born in this country each year need investigations before their sex is assigned.
Members of a small women's rights group, Liverpool ReSisters , have declared that "women don't have penises. It's an attention-grabbing stunt. But are they right?