October 26 is “Intersex Awareness Day”
I bet most of you know someone who is Intersex and don’t even know it.
I bet most of you don’t know what “Intersex” really means.
This is from an article on Wikipedia:
Intersex, in humans and other animals, is the presence of intermediate or atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish female from male. This is usually understood to becongenital, involving chromosomal, morphologic, genital and/or gonadal anomalies, such as diversion from typical XX-female or XY-male presentations, e.g., sex reversal (XY female, XX male), genital ambiguity, or sex developmental differences. An intersex individual may have biological characteristics of both the male and the female sexes. Intersex was initially adopted by intersex activists who criticize traditional medical approaches to sex assignment and seek to be heard in the construction of new approaches.
Enough of the science talk. I’m not an expert on this subject but a friend of mine is…
My brave beautiful friend Zollie says it better than any article I’ve read:
I am not disordered. I am perfect! I am the image of my great creator. And the CREATOR DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES! My sex and sexuality is not disordered by any means. I am passionate and loving and sexy and I am ALLLLLLLL WOMAN. So, you so-called experts, quit saying I have a disorder! Because I don’t!
Zollie told me of the term Orchid Sisters to describe women like her. It is a beautiful term and fitting.
Intersex people look like everyone else. They act like everyone else. They fall in love, get married and are parents like everyone else. They are no different than the rest of us – just a little bit different – but we’re ALL different in some way.
Like I keep saying on my blog and off of my blog – We are all different. If we were all the same the world would be a stupid and boring place.
For more information go to:
I am not disorder http://zollies-spot.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-am-not-disordered.html
Links to information and resources http://zollies-spot.blogspot.com/
For a gallery of beautiful, healthy and normal Intersex women and their stories go to: http://www.aisdsd.org/photo-gallery/women-with-dsds/