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Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters

Julie A. Greenberg


The term “intersex” evokes diverse images, typically of people who are both male and female or neither male nor female. Neither vision is accurate. The millions of people with an intersex condition, or disorder of sex development, are men or women whose sex chromosomes, gonads, or sex anatomy do not fit clearly into the male/female binary norm. Until recently, intersex conditions were shrouded in shame and secrecy: many adults were unaware that they had been born with an intersex condition and those who did know were advised to hide the truth. Current medical protocols and societal treatment o ... More

Keywords: intersex condition, sex development disorder, sex chromosomes, sex anatomy, intersex movement, discrimination, marginalized groups, sexual orientation, gender, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814731895
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814731895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie A. Greenberg, author