After reading the Intersex Narrative based on gender, medicine, and identity I was left in awe. I wondered to myself, what choice would I make if I had an intersex child or what if I was an intersex individual myself? Would I be upset that I was medically assigned a definitive sex, or would I be happy that I was able to identify myself as a definite gender this day in society, even if I was in the wrong body?
According to Sharon Preves, every day babies are born with bodies that are considered sexually inconclusive or ambiguous. As a result, these babies are regularly medically altered to reflect the sexual anatomy based on “standard” female or male sex assignment. This article explores the numerous responses and choices parents can make regarding their intersex child, which can include no response at all. In this day in age, it would be challenging not being able to identify yourself as male or female, since sex and gender are huge factors in our everyday existence, especially when considering social norms.
After learning more about intersexuality, I began browsing the web for personal stories. I wasn’t really interested in celebrities or stories that made it big, I was just interested in the guy or girl next door. I wanted to read a story and really try to grasp his or hers life experiences and how they were affected not only medically, but psychologically as well. Do you think it is possible to live a happy life as an intersex human being? Well, let’s find out.
When Max Beck was born, the doctors could not tell his parents what gender he was. According to PBS news, doctors found “a rudimentary phallus” and “fused labio-scrotal folds” in between Max’s legs. After many tests, his parents were sad and confused due to fact that all they wanted was a healthy baby, which is almost everyone’s hope. Five weeks after constant tests and medical procedures, it was discovered that Max was a “mosaic,” with some cells in his body having the XY genotype and others having XO. Therefore, the decision was finally made to raise him as a female. His parents did what they knew and named him Judy. He quickly grew into a tomboy, constantly being called a “little boy.” Max realized it was easy to get away throughout childhood, but it was harder during adolescence. He had no physical sense of self and watched his peers experience and interact, as his puberty came in pill form. He refers to himself as Frankenstein in this article because he didn’t know what he was, only that he was incomplete. Max eventually carried himself as a lesbian. Throughout his life he suffered many obstacles including, dropping out of college and even attempting suicide. He felt forced to stay with his husband until he met Tamara, who he then fell in love with. After over a decade of therapy he finally made a decision to transition from female to male, switching to testosterone. From changing the letter on his driver’s license, to changing his name from Judy to Max, he was finally on his way. Max is now happily married to the love of his life Tamara, who both identify themselves as lesbians and have a baby girl named Alder. Max looks forward to the future and closes this article saying, “I cannot undo my history, and I am sick to death of regretting it.”