Caring for Children with an Intersex Variation
Pre-release version of a chapter Submitted for Publication in – The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (4th Edition), Red Ruby Scarlet (Ed.) It explores practical, ethical and human rights considerations associated with the care of children with intersex variations.
Intersex refers to being born with genetic, chromosomal, hormonal or physical sex characteristics that do not fit normative notions of ‘male’ or ‘female’ bodies. These may be evident at birth or become evident at subsequent stages of life. Intersex (as a status of being) may be used by people with one of many intersex variations. Intersex is not a gender identity or sexual orientation. Individuals may use the term intersex, and some may not. Some might use other terms, such as the name of the variation (e.g. Turners, Swyers, Klinefelter etc.) or acronyms such as AIS, CAIS, PAIS or chromosomal type 46XY (female), 45,X/46,XY mosaicism, XXY, XXX or XYY. Intersex people may view their bodies as being male, female, both or non-binary. Intersex people may be, heterosexual, transsexual, bisexual, same-sex attracted or asexual.
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