Recent Publications on Intersexuality

Classification: Library

Updated 2/05/03

Morris, G. (2003). Is
it a boy or a girl?
Just Out. Portland.

Holmes, R. (2003). Scanty Particulars, Random House. Read review
in Rocky Mountain news.

Chase, C. (2002). Affronting Reason. GenderQueer: Voices From
Beyond the Sexual Binary. J. Nestle, C. Howell and R. Wilchins.
Los Angeles, Alyson Books.

Bloom, A. (2002). Normal,
Random House.

Chase, Cheryl. 2002. "Cultural Practice" or "Reconstructive
Surgery?": U.S. Genital Cutting, the Intersex Movement, and
Media Double Standards. In Genital Cutting and Transnational Sisterhood:
Disputing US Polemics, edited by C. Robertson and S. M. James.
Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

McDonough, Victoria Tilney. 2002. Between the Lines. Missoula
Independent, June 6. Available from

Kelton, Sheila. 2002. Stuck on the Horns of a Dilemma: The Challenge
of the Shifting Paradigm of Intersex Management. Pediatric Endocrine
Nursing Society Newsletter 14 (2). Available from

Dreger, Alice D. 2002. Intersex., July 23. Available

Torassa, Ulysses. 2002. PROFILE: Cheryl Chase, Medical Activist
Boy or girl? Advocate for intersex children influences attitudes.
San Francisco Chronicle, August 4. Available from

Blizzard, Robert M. 2002. Intersex Issues: A Series of Continuuing
Conundrums. Pediatrics 1103 (3):616-21.

Migeon, Claude. 2002. 46,XY Intersex Individuals: Phenotypic
and Etiologic Classification, Knowledge of Condition, and Satisfaction
with Knowledge in Adulthood. Pediatrics 110 (3):e32 (8 pages).
Available from

Migeon, Claude 2002. Ambiguous Genitalia With Perineoscrotal
Hypospadias in 46,XY Individuals: Long-Term Medical, Surgical,
and Psychosexual Outcome. Pediatrics 110 (3):e31 (10 pages). Available

Williams, Nina. 2002. The Imposition of Gender: Psychoanalytic
Encounters with Genital Atypicality. Psychoanalytic Psychology
19 (3):455-74. Available from

Dreger, Alice. 2000. Jarring bodies: Thoughts on the display
of unusual anatomies. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Winter):161-172.
Available from
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Abramsky, Lenore, Sue Hall, Judith Levitan, and Theresa M. Marteau.
2001. What parents are told after prenatal diagnosis of a sex
chromosome abnormality: interview and questionnaire study. BMJ
322:463-6. Available from

"Our main finding was that there was enormous
variation between different health professionals in what they
knew, thought, and told parents about specific sex chromosome
anomalies. Health professionals from 7 of the 14 district general
hospitals said that it was a matter of chance that they had been
the one to inform parents of the result."

Biesecker, Barbara. 2001. Prenatal diagnoses of sex chromosome
conditions (editorial). BMJ 322:441-2. Available from

"Individuals under stress may become hypervigilant,
making rapid and ill considered (and later regretted) decisions
as an escape from the psychological distress."

Nussbaum, Emily. 2001. Nerve 100: Cheryl Chase. Nerve, January
1. Available from
(See number 50.) Nerve Magazine names ISNA Executive Director
Cheryl Chase one of the 100 most important people, places, or
things of 2000.

Dreifus, Claudia. 2001. Exploring What Makes Us Male or Female.
New York Times, January 2. Available from

Interview with Anne Fausto-Sterling, author of "Sexing
the Body
." Intersexuality is a major topic of the discussion.

Marion, Robert. 2000. The Curse of the Garcias. Discover,
December, 42-. Available from

An unfortunate indication of how far we still have
to go. Dr. Marion recently saw a teenage girl, who came to him
to ask about some physical issues that she shared with several
other members of her family, and which had always been quite mysterious
to her. Dr. Marion diagnosed her with androgen insensitivity syndrome,
but did not tell her this diagnosis. Although the patient was
kept in the dark, Dr. Marion published her story for the entertainment
of readers of Discover Magazine.

Coventry, Martha. 2000. Making the Cut. Ms. Magazine,
October/November, 52-60. Available from

Finally! Ms. Magazine acknowledges that clitorectomy
continues in the U.S.

Matthews, Karen. 2000. Controversy Over Care for Infants With
Ambiguous Genitals. Associated Press, October 19.

A very balanced article depicting intersex adults'
criticism of medical management, which ran in many newspapers,
large and small, across the country.

Phornphutkul, Chanika, Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Philip A. Gruppuso.
2000. Gender Self-Reassignment in an XY Adolescent Female Born
With Ambiguous Genitalia. Pediatrics 106:135-137.

Yet another case in which doctors "assigned"
a boy female because they believed his penis "too small",
and the girl grew up to be a boy anyway. Authors call for open
disclosure to patients with intersex conditions and their parents,
and for a moratorium on early surgery. Unfortunately, the same
issue of the journal carries an announcement of a new policy by
the American Academy of Pediatrics which calls for continued surgeries
on infants, but fails to cite evidence to support that view.

Wisniewski, Amy, Claude J. Migeon, Heino F. Meyer-Bahlburg,
John P. Gearhart, Gary D. Berkovitz, Terry R. Brown, and John
Money. 2000. Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: Long-Term
Medical, Surgical, and Psychosexual Outcomes. Journal of Clinical
Endocrinology and Metabolism
85 (8):2664-2669.

Authors' investigation of 14 women with complete AIS
supports the demands of patient advocacy groups for open disclosure,
and avoidance of gonadectomy and vaginal surgery on children.

Kessler, Suzanne J. 2000. Doctor Knew Best (review of Hermaphrodites
and the Medical Invention of Sex). GLQ: A Journal of Gay and
Lesbian Studies
6 (2):343-5.

Meyer-Bahlburg, H. F. 1999. Gender assignment and reassignment
in 46,XY pseudohermaphroditism and related conditions. Journal
of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
84 (10):3455-8.

Beh, Hazel Glenn, and Milton Diamond. forthcoming 2000. An Emerging
Ethical and Medical Dilemma: Should Physicians Perform Sex Assignment
Surgery on Infants with Ambiguous Genitalia? Michigan Journal
of Gender and Law

An important advance in legal attention to medical
management of intersex. See our legal
for more info.

Lewis, Ricki. 2000. Reevaluating Sex Reassignment. The Scientist
14 (14):6. Available from

A very confused article.

Levay, Simon. 2000. Male, Female, Other. Nerve. Available

Illustrates how, for intersex people, chromosomes often
don't determine gender, by contrasting two intersex people, one
a woman with XY and one a man with XX chromosomes.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne. 2000. The Five Sexes, Revisited. The
, July/August, 18-23. Available from

An invaluable update on how the controversy over medical
management of intersexuality has developed since Fausto-Sterling's
original publication of The Five Sexes in The Sciences in 1993.

Nussbaum, Emily. 2000. A question of gender. Discover,
January, 92-99. Available from

"A question of Gender," by Emily Nussbaum,
is a sensitive examination of intersexuality and the controversy
over treatment. Presents a family who are faced with making a
tough decision about whether or not to have surgery performed
on their child. Wonderful photographs of a loving family. No eyes
blacked out here!

Ward and Associates (2000). Is it a Boy or a Girl? Great Falls
VA, Discovery Channel.

A one hour documentary on the burgeoning controversy
over medicalization of children born with atypical sex characteristics.
The U.S. premiere, March 26 on the Discovery Channel, garnered
35% higher ratings than usual for that slot, despite little promotion
and competition from the Academy Awards. Expect it to air again
in a more favorable time slot later this year, perhaps August
6th at 10PM.

Hegarty, Peter. and Cheryl Chase (2000). "Intersex Activism,
Feminism, and Psychology: Opening a Dialogue on Theory, Research,
and Clinical Practice." Feminism & Psychology
10: 117-132.

An edited transcript of a two hour discussion between
psychologist Peter Hegarty and ISNA director Cheryl Chase. The
discussion roams over Chase's personal experiences, and the relationships
between intersex activism, feminism, lesbian and gay politics,
and psychological theory and practice.

Davis, Ruth G. (2000). Was I Meant to Be a Man? Cosmopolitan.
228: 200-203.

Presents short biographies of four intersexed women,
including a photograph of courageous Tammy Harwell, and provides
the web addresses of ISNA
and AIS-SG.

Blackless, Melanie, Anthony Charuvastra, Amanda Derryck, Anne
Fausto-Sterling, Karl Lauzanne, and Ellen Lee. 2000. How sexually
dimorphic are we? Review and synthesis. American Journal of
Human Biology

Finally! Synthesized statistics on how common deviations
from "standard" sex anatomy are. " We conclude
that the frequency may be as high as 2% of live births. The frequency
of individuals receiving 'corrective' genital surgery, however,
probably runs between 1 and 2 per 1,000 live births (0.1% ­

Dreger, Alice. 2000. Jarring bodies: Thoughts on the display
of unusual anatomies. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

"Paradoxically, in the effort to train students
and residents to alleviate the freakish feelings sometimes associated
with unusual anatomies, people with unusual anatomies are examined,
presented, and represented in ways that make them feel freakish."