Intersexuality: Just Another Form of Discrimination

Over the years we have been bombarded with all the different expectations that society has pressured us to be. We all know of the mass movements made in the past to rebuttal against discriminatory behavior. For example, for Americans, it is easy to immediately think of Rosa Parks’ bravery or Martin Luther King Jr.’s courage to steer the nation away from hatred African-American hatred.

However, it is important to focus on the discrimination that may not be as visible, maybe because of its rarity or uncontrollable outcome for those who are born intersex.

In the case of intersexuality, many of the people that have been dealt with this “differentiation” from society can also be seen as outcasts or those that are indirectly discriminated against.

The reason I say “indirectly” is because most of us do not necessarily have segregated bathrooms for those of dual sexuality; we do not prohibit them from living amongst everyday society. I say indirectly because many of us have already embedded the thought that there can only be two—boy and girl. So what exactly happens when a “complete” man or woman comes across a person of intersexuality?

We have grown up on a foundation that normalcy is what we’re used to—solely two genders.

Sharon E. Preves expresses that intersexuality is much of a disturbance to gender norms, therefore society goes through great lengths to eliminate those types of “threats.”

Before even deciphering whether a mother should decide to eliminate one of the genital organs, we as a society must be willing to accept that child as he/she grows. Worrying about the child fitting in may be a pivotal factor for a mother to decide to remove one of the organs or leave both for the child to decide later on when he/she is old enough.

Worry, however, should not ever be a factor for a mother or for anyone who must choose. The child was born that way and until he/she is old enough to decide, a society must learn to act in a mature, responsible manner instead of indirectly discriminating and deeming that child an outcast of society.


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