Here is a daily reminder that your body is beautiful and this world has space for everybody.
Today is Intersex Awareness day, an international observance raising awareness of actions to protect the rights of intersex people
Most of us think of ourselves as either male or female based on biolgical sex. Though reproductive or sexual anatomy doesn’t always fit the boxes of “female” or “male.” Intersex is a socially constructed category that reflects real biological variation. And it does not always show up at birth, sometimes appearing at puberty, or finding infertility as an adult, or perhaps going whollly unnoticed. A part of the problem of the bi-polarization of sex into distinct categories, is that it marginalizes natural biological diversity. And because nature is so wonderful in its diversity and science is so challenged, variations in reproductive and sexual anotomy mean tthat in practice, different people have different answers to what defines, male, female, or intersex categories. That’s not surprising, because sex isn’t a discreet category. And for that matter, neither is gender.
To learn more about Intersex Awareness Day, check out these cool resources below and watch this short video.
interACT worked with Buzzfeed to create the “What it’s like to be intersex” video, which now has over 3 million views. It is a great introductory video for learning about being intersex. The video features interACT Youth members and has been used in workshops and trainings across the globe including the United Nations.
To learn more about intersex people and issues, check out:
-InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth: https://interactadvocates.org/intersex-awareness-day/