Social And Medical Injustices Towards Medical Gender Assignment And Genital Surgery Of Intersex Infants

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Exploring Areas of Social and Medical Injustices towards Medical Gender Assignment and Genital Surgery of Intersex Infants Should the correct genitals, chromosomes and hormones be the only way to guarantee a legal spot in a society? Does this imply the notion of incorrectness? In 1915, Richard Goldschmidt, a zoologist, coined the name Intersex referring to atypical sex characteristics (Stern, as cited by Morlan, 2014). Under this classification comprises a variation in sex characteristics involving genitals, chromosomes and hormones. While some individuals have ambiguous genitalia, there are cases where typical external genitals are present but have the opposite sex’s anatomical parts that can go unnoticed until puberty (Reis, 2009). The rise of medical research and its influences to modern scientific surgery has widen the arena of health care practitioners into generating an array of medico-surgical interventions towards intersex infants. By definition, surgery deals with the “treatment of injuries or disorders of the body by incision or manipulation” (Oxford Dictionary, n.d.). With emphasis to disorders, it brings into question if genital ambiguity would classify as such. Hughes, Houk, Ahmed & Lee (2006) stated that terms that had emerged such as “intersex, pseudohermaphroditism, hermaphroditism, sex reversal and gender-based diagnostic labels” remains controversial and had proposed the term Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) (pg. 149). Currently, the American…

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