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Intersex people


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    • Ambiguous genitalia, People with
    • Atypical sex anatomies, People with
    • Hermaphrodites
    • Hermaphroditic people
    • Intersex-identified people
    • Intersexed people
    • Intersexual people
    • Intersexuals
    • People with ambiguous genitalia
    • People with intersex conditions
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    • found: Work cat.: Hillman, Thea. Intersex (for lack of a better word), 2008:p. 27 ("People keep asking me about Jeffrey Eugenides' new novel Middlesex because the main character is considered a hermaphrodite and so am I. But really, neither of us are. Outside of myth, there are no hermaphrodites. It is physiologically impossible to be both fully male and fully female. But you can be born with a mix or blending of male and female parts, known as 'intersex', and indeed this is what Eugenides' protagonist Cal and I have in common. People with intersex conditions are those who were born with sexual anatomy that someone else decided isn't 'standard' for males or females"; people with intersex) p. 76 (intersex people)
    • found: Witten, T. Gender identity and the military : transgender, transsexual, and intersex-identified individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces, 2007:p. 4 (intersex-identified individuals) p. 7 (intersex-identified persons)
    • found: LCSH, Jan. 21, 2016(Intersex people. UF Hermaphrodites (Persons); Hermaphroditic people; Intersex-identified people; Intersexed people; Intersexual people; Intersexuals (Persons). BT Sexual minorities)
    • found: MeSH browser, Jan. 21, 2016(Transgender Persons. UF Intersex Persons)
    • found: Intersex Society of North America website, Jan. 21, 2016:What is intersex? ("Intersex" is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types--for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY. Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn't always show up at birth. Sometimes a person isn't found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing; in human cultures, sex categories get simplified into male, female, and sometimes intersex, in order to simplify social interactions, express what we know and feel, and maintain order)
    • found: Feder, E.K. Making sense of intersex, 2014:p. 1 (a newborn with atypical sex, meaning a sex anatomy that is neither clearly male nor clearly female) p. 2 (infants, older children, and young adults with atypical sex) p. 3 (someone with an atypical sex anatomy or the parent of a child with atypical sex anatomy; children with ambiguous genitalia) p. 11 (children with intersex conditions) p. 14 (people with atypical sex anatomies) p. 19 (until the start of what Dreger calls the "Age of Gonads" (1870-1915), people with atypical sex anatomies in England and France lived unremarkable lives; individuals with intersex) p. 31 (intersexed infants) p. 33 (those with atypical sex anatomies) p. 36 (those born with atypical sex) p. 37 (children with atypical sex) pp. 38-40 (intersexed children; intersexed individuals; specialists in the United States and Europe convened in Chicago in 2005 to review and to revise the standard of care in which they had been trained ... The Consensus Statement that resulted from the 2005 Chicago meetings, published in 2006, recorded a number of significant changes to the standard of care, among them a rejection of the older claim of intersex as a "social emergency." Atypical sex is not a source of shame, these new standards insisted. The group's proposal of the term "disorders of sexual differentiation" However, rather than "disorders of sexual differentiation," the term tentatively proposed by Dreger and her colleagues, the representatives of the U.S. and European groups settled on "disorders of sex development," p. 65 (The term "intersex" encompasses a wide variety of conditions, the common feature of which involves some expression of sexual ambiguity: an intersex body's appearance doesn't match its karyotype or its sex of assignment; external genitalia or gonads are not distinctively male or female; or sex chromosomes are atypical in some fashion--there's an "extra" or missing X or Y, or even, though more rarely, a mosaic of chromosomes that includes a whole variety of combinations)
    • found: OCLC, Jan. 21, 2016(in titles: intersex people; intersexuals; the intersexed; intersexed people; intersexual people; hermaphroditic children; hermaphrodites; Hermaphroditism, genital anomalies and related endocrine disorders; Sex differentiation, hermaphroditism, and intersexuality in vertebrates including man)
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