Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Check Out Hida Viloria's Newest Op-Ed in The Advocate: "What's In A Name: Intersex and Identity"

This article examines why the term "DSD" is still being used and what using it actually accomplishes. She advocates not using the term because it medicalizes and stigmatizes intersex people, and Viloria does a great job of illustrating how using DSD "doesn't mean that it promotes equality to do so." Importantly, Viloria also shows how (inaccurately) constructing intersex as a medical condition that needs "fixing" parallels how gay and lesbian people were diagnosed with disorders before 1973, when homosexuality was officially removed from the DSM.

Great article, Hida! So proud to be your colleague! :)

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