There is growing momentum to eliminate the word "hermaphrodite" from medical literature and to use the word "intersex" in its place.While some intersex people do reclaim the word "hermaphrodite" with pride to reference themselves (like words such as "dyke" and "queer" have been reclaimed by LGBTIQA people), it should be generally avoided except under specific circumstances. Too often, their unique needs are made invisible or secondary when "intersex" becomes just another subcategory of "transgender." Is intersex the same thing as a "hermaphrodite?" The word "hermaphrodite" is a stigmatizing and misleading word.The best I could get is gonadal dysgenesis, which is a fancy way of saying that my gonads (would-be ovaries or testes in the womb) never developed into anything.
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People think that biological sex is very binary, that it just has to do with your genitalia, but a lot has to go into your sex."Ahead, see and hear Hanne, Emily, and Pidgeon explain what it’s like to be intersex, the surgeries that intersex people are often subjected to (many times without their consent), and more.
In this video, Hanne explains how she found out she is intersex.
Hanne was born with XY chromosomes and internal testes, and underwent surgery at age 10 — but she didn’t find out that she was intersex until she was 17.
"What does bother me is a lot of us go through unnecessary surgeries that are non-consensual and are irreversible, and that can have so many consequences," Hanne said.