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Intersex : stories and statistics from Australia

Author: Tiffany JonesBonnie HartMorgan CarpenterGavi AnsaraWilliam LeonardAll authors
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, ©2016.
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"Sex is complex. Humans are simultaneously more similar in their sex development, and more diverse, than is commonly appreciated or understood. Females and males are not made of wildly different ingredients. The potential to have intersex variations--to be born with atypical sex characteristics--exists for all humans in the first few weeks of their prenatal development. 1.7% of people actually go on to be born  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tiffany Jones; Bonnie Hart; Morgan Carpenter; Gavi Ansara; William Leonard; Jayne Luck; Open Book Publishers.
ISBN: 9781783742103 1783742100 9781783742110 1783742119 9781783742127 1783742127
OCLC Number: 944169674
Notes: Available through Open Book Publishers.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 253 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of Tables and Figures --
Executive Summary --
1. Introducing Intersex Studies: New Theory for New Research. Intersex Variations ; Stigma and Silence ; Increased Networking and Advocacy ; Australian Advances ; Lack of Social Research ; Research Frame and Aims ; This Study's Framing --
2. Designing a Study On, With and For People with Intersex Variations. Reference Group ; Overall Approach ; Data Collection Tool ; Terminology Use in the Study ; Ethical Considerations ; Sampling ; Study Title, Concept and Logo ; Recruitment and Promotion ; Data Analysis --
3. Basic Demographics for People with Intersex Variations. Key Findings ; Number of Participants ; Age ; State/Territory ; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent ; Sex Marker Assigned at Birth ; Sex Marker Used Now ; Transgender Status ; Disability ; Living Arrangements ; Religion --
4. Discovering, Experiencing and Discussing Intersex Variations. Key Findings ; Participants' Variations ; Variations in Family Background ; Age of Discovery ; Feelings about Intersex Variations ; Preferred Language for Intersex Variations --
5. People with Intersex Variations, Health and Medical Services. Key Findings ; Physical Health Now ; Experience of Surgical and Hormonal Interventions ; Interventions and Informed Consent ; Impacts of Interventions ; Alcohol and Drug Use ; Overall Experiences with Health Services ; Improving Health Services --
6. People with Intersex Variations, Wellbeing and Mental Health Services. Key Findings ; Mental Health Now ; Self-harm and Suicide ; Overall Experiences with Mental Health Services ; Counselling/ Training on Gendered Behaviour ; Improving Mental Health Services --
7. People with Intersex Variations and Education. Key Findings ; Education Level ; Policies and Programs ; Puberty/ Sex Education Provision ; Responses to Disclosures ; School Counselling/ Referrals ; Overall Experiences with Education/ School Services ; Improving Education Services --
8. People with Intersex Variations and Employment. Key Findings ; Main Occupation ; Income ; Responses to Disclosures ; Overall Impacts on Employment --
9. Social Support for People with Intersex Variations. Key Findings ; Responses from Key People in Participants' Lives ; Visibility of Participants' Variations to Strangers ; Responses from Strangers ; Strangers, Explanations and Myths ; Religious/Spiritual Services ; Engaging with Community Social Groups --
10. Sexuality, Romance and Relationships. Key Findings ; Relationship Status ; Marital Status ; Sexuality Terms and Definitions ; Impacts on Sexual Ability and Desire ; Sexual Activities Engaged in ; Sexual Protection --
11. Fertility, Parenting and Views on Parenting. Key Findings ; Fertility and Reproductive Capability ; Disclosure to Children ; Views on Parenting --
12. Key Findings ; Representation of 'Real People' in the Media ; Fictional Representations in the Media ; Representation in Activism ; Representation in Research --
13. Conclusion and Recommendations --
References --
Appendix: Glossary.
Responsibility: Tiffany Jones, Bonnie Hart, Morgan Carpenter, Gavi Ansara, William Leonard, and Jayne Luck.

Abstract:

"Sex is complex. Humans are simultaneously more similar in their sex development, and more diverse, than is commonly appreciated or understood. Females and males are not made of wildly different ingredients. The potential to have intersex variations--to be born with atypical sex characteristics--exists for all humans in the first few weeks of their prenatal development. 1.7% of people actually go on to be born intersex. However, most of us know little about intersex variations. This is only partly due to their occasional invisibility. Intersex people have historically faced deep social stigma--the assumption that they were simply bizarre aberrations from the human norm. Furthermore, intersex infants have been widely subjected to systematic institutional mistreatment, particularly within medical settings. Finally, some people with intersex variations have simply tried to integrate themselves unnoticed into the socially accepted categories of male and female. Drawing on stories and statistics from the first national study of intersex the book argues for a distinct 'Intersex Studies' framework to address intersex issues and identity--foregrounding people with intersex variations' own goals, perspectives and experiences. Collected in 2015 and arranged in thematic chapters, the data presented here on 272 individuals gives a penetrating account of historically and socially obscured experience. This book is an important and long-overdue contribution to our understanding of human sexuality and a must-read for people with intersex variations, health practitioners, psychologists, advocacy groups, students, and anybody interested in knowing more about our diverse human make-up."--Publisher's website.

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