Holy Hormones Journal: In just 2 months time, I viewed a 84 minute special on growing up transgender on PBS and now two articles on ‘intersex’ babies being born raising all new issues in a Brave New World – where kids are being born in-between female and/or male. According to this article and the Intersex Society of North America… intersex births are more common than thought. As many as 1 in 2,000 babies is being born in the widening crack of gender confusion. Perhaps, I am behind the times.. because this conversation about these type of “third sex” if you will…. has been going on for quite a few years and the numbers, as you read below are sobering.
But wait, you say, 1 in 2,000 sounds rare! Well, if only 1 in 2,000 persons is intersexed, then intersex is more common than cystic fibrosis, a condition most people have heard of. In fact, as Sherri Groveman pointed out in her article in Intersex in the Age of Ethics, if you do the math, you realize that there are more intersexed people in the world than there are Jewish people! ~ Source
Are we going to stand by and watch our children being born with both a vagina and a penis? Are we going to see these ratios decrease as many have watched in disbelief as the ratio of children on the autism spectrum has decreased exponentially while the rates of chronic illness rise?
Can you see that we are in serious trouble? Especially in the U.S. where rates of neurological disease and cancer (in females) is at an all time high?
Intersex births are going to change constitutional rights and the law. Who should have the right to decide the sex of a baby? And who will be liable if the crap shoot turns out wrong? Although it seems to me that if the hormone levels showed a propensity toward being ‘male’ vs. ‘female’ then the sexual identity that should have been preserved. However, I have read that reconstructive surgery on a vagina is much easier than on a penis…. is that who this decision is made by doctors?
And yes, ‘hermaphrodites’ have been in existence for centuries… however, up to now – they were considered an anomaly. Today we have to seriously ask ourselves – are the rates of intersex birth part of that anomaly or are the the result of the gender-bending chemicals prevalent in our environment.
Another indicator of the important role that hormone messages play. We are the sum of those messages.. not the label a doctor or an attorney deems us to be. What rights will an intersex child have under the law? How will these types of birth redefine this brave new world?
Parents Sue Doctors For Deciding Their Kid Is A Girl
August 12, 2015
In a first of its kind lawsuit, Greenville, S.C., residents Pam and Mark Crawford are suing the doctors who gave their adopted son sex assignment surgery while in foster care. MC, who had been deemed a female by doctors, had surgery at 16 months to “correct” his status as intersex (having both male and female genitalia), but is struggling with this assigned identity now at 10 years old. His parents are grieving that such a decision was made for him before he was able to make it himself.
“We just hate that there were choices made that could have a significant impact on his being able to be a man,” Pam Crawford tells Newser. “We just don’t want people to have to go through what he’s going to face.”
BuzzFeed reports that after seeing the adorable photo of MC on an adoption website, the Crawfords knew they wanted to adopt him. Understanding the site featured many children with health problems, they decided to contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services to find out what was the matter with MC, who seemed in perfect health. It was then that they were alerted to the fact that he was born intersex; the agency detailed that MC was born with both a penis and vaginal opening, along with an undescended testicle on the left side of his body, and both ovarian and testicular tissue on the right side. Doctors reported MC’s hormone levels were consistent with a male baby at his age.
Pam Crawford’s first thought was that she hoped MC had not undergone a surgery, but much to their dismay, they found he had, being officially assigned the gender of female. Now, reaching closer to the formidable teenage years, MC identifies as male, and the Crawfords are calling his surgery a form of genital mutilation.
“…It’s become more and more difficult just as his identity has become more and more male,” they say in the video. “The idea that mutilation was done to him has become more and more real. There was no medical reason that this decision had to be made at that time.”
Officially, the Crawfords are alleging that the doctors involved in MC’s surgery violated his constitutional rights by having “surgically removed his phallus while he was in foster care, potentially sterilizing him and greatly reducing, if not eliminating, his sexual function,” said the Southern Poverty Law Center.