Morgan Carpenter of OII Australia wrote on “Why Intersex Awareness Day is Important” at the Star Observer newspaper, on October 25, 2014. The article discusses key issues about stigma and discrimination, and considers what social justice might mean for people with intersex variations.
Intersex people face a range of health and human rights issues, and deep-seated stigma, caught between two contrasting visions of who and how we should be. On the one hand, this includes medical interventions in infancy and childhood that are explicitly intended to make intersex bodies conform to social norms for a specific sex or gender. On the other hand, people with intersex variations increasingly face misgendering, including through social expectations to identify as a third gender or sex, to challenge or transgress gender norms. Neither approach lets us truly make our own choices.
OII Australia has also produced a set of images to mark Intersex Awareness Day 2014: