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Wednesday 9 April 2014

Intersex Genital Mutilations - 2014 NGO Report to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) - Executive Summary

Photo: UNHRC UPR #14, Geneva 20.10.2012

>>> Table of Contents        >>> Download PDF (3.65 MB) 
>>>  Collective Child Rights Network Switzerland NGO Report on IGMs 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Executive Summary

Intersex children are born with variations of sex anatomy, including atypical genetic make-up, atypical sex hormone producing organs, atypical response to sex hormones, atypical genitals, atypical secondary sex markers. While intersex children may face several problems, in the “developed world” the most pressing are the ongoing Intersex Genital Mutilations, which present a distinct and unique issue constituting significant human rights violations (A).

IGMs include non-consensual, medically unnecessary, irreversible, cosmetic genital surgeries, and/or other harmful medical treatments that would not be considered for “normal” children, without evidence of benefit for the children concerned, but justified by societal and cultural norms and beliefs. (B 1.) Typical forms of IGMs include “masculinising” and “feminising” genital “correction”, castration, sterilisation, imposition of hormones, forced genital exams, vaginal dilations and medical display, human experimentation and selective abortion (B 2., Supplements “Historical Overview”, “Medical Textbooks”).

Since 1950, IGMs have been practised systematically and on an increasingly industrial scale allover the “developed world”, with Switzerland taking a leading role in the global dissemination, and all typical forms still practised in Switzerland today. Because “a hole” is surgically easier to shape than “a pole”, most “ambiguous” children were made into girls, until the 1990s often by amputation of their “enlarged clitoris.” Parents and children are misinformed, kept in the dark, sworn to secrecy and denied appropriate support (B 2.–3., Cases No. 1–6, Supplements “Historical Overview”, “Medical Textbooks”).

With Swiss government, health departments, health care providers, and health assurances refusing to disclose statistics, no actual numbers are available neither on the frequency of intersex births, estimated at 1:500–1:1000 (A 4.), nor on the frequency of IGMs, estimated at 90% of all intersex children and youths (B 3.).

IGMs cause lifelong serious physical and psychological complications, including loss or impairment of sexual sensation, painful scarring, painful intercourse, incontinence, serious problems with passing urine, increased sexual anxieties, less sexual activity, dissatisfaction with functional and aesthetic results, impairment or loss of reproductive capabilities, lifelong dependency of artificial hormones, significantly elevated rates of self-harming behaviour and suicidal tendencies, lifelong mental suffering and trauma. (B, Cases No. 1–6)

For more than 20 years, intersex people, NGOs, human rights and bioethics experts have criticised IGMs as harmful and traumatising, as a fundamental human rights violation, as western genital mutilation, and child sexual abuse, and called for legislation to end it (B, D).

The Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK), the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), the UN-Committees CEDAW and CAT, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Council of Europe (COE) criticise these interventions as a violation of human rights, demand legislative measures (NEK, SRT, COE), historical reappraisal, acknowledgement by society of suffering inflicted (NEK) and compensation for victims (NEK, CAT) (D).

The Swiss Federal Government, Cantonal Health Departments and National Medical Bodies still refuse to take action, but allow the human rights violations of intersex children and adolescents to continue unhindered (B 3., C, D, E, Annexe 2).

This NGO Report to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Swiss state report was compiled by Zwischengeschlecht.org, Intersex.ch, and SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität. Elaborating on the paragraphs on IGM in the Child Rights Network Switzerland NGO Report (p. 25–26), it contains concluding recommendations (F).

>>> Table of Contents  >>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)  >>> Collective NGO Report on IGMs 

Monday 7 April 2014

IGM Primer #1: Clitoris Amputations & Intersex Genital Mutilation

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STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Thursday 20 March 2014

Intersex Genital Mutilations criticised in Swiss Child Rights Network NGO Report to UN CRC - Upcoming thematic Intersex Report on IGMs

Foto: UNHRC Intersex Side Event, Geneva 11.03.2014  >>> Flyer (PDF) >>> Press (PDF)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Zwischengeschlecht.org's contribution to the Joint Swiss NGO CRC Report 2014 (PDF), on p. 25–26:

Child Rights Network Switzerland:
Second and third NGO report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

4.6 Protection against abuse: Genital mutilation

Assessment by the Child Rights Network Switzerland

[Intersex Genital Mutilations]

Since 1950, children with atypical sex anatomies (intersex, DSD, hermaphrodites) are systematically subjected to irreversible, medically unnecessary interventions in an attempt to fix their sex. Such interventions include cosmetic genital surgery, castration, sterilisation and hormone treatment. Swiss clinics were significantly involved in the global propagation of “genital correction surgeries”. As female sex organs are surgically easier to shape than male organs, most children were made into girls, often by amputating their “enlarged” clitoris. Parents were misinformed, kept in the dark and received no appropriate support. Treatment of such nature leads to serious physical and psychological complications. For the last 20 years, victims and NGOs have been criticising these interventions as a massive violation of human rights, including the right to physical integrity, denouncing them as “intersex genital mutilation”. The UN-Committees CEDAW and CAT, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the Council of Europe (COE) and the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK) criticise these interventions as a violation of human rights and demand legislative measures (NEK, SRT, COE), historical reappraisal, acknowledgement by society of suffering inflicted (NEK) and compensation for victims (NEK, CAT).

The Child Rights Network Switzerland recommends that the Committee oblige Switzerland:

–– to implement the full range of recommendations by the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics “On the management of differences of sex development” (intersex, DSD), to consider legislative measures banning cosmetic genital surgery on intersex children, to conduct a historical appraisal of the human rights violations inflicted on intersex children and youth in society, and to compensate victims in an appropriate manner;

(Unfortunately, all the subheaders in the section on mutilation were 'lost in translation.')

In addition, we made sure that on p. 15 of the report "Intersex" was not only mentioned in the assessment, but the "I" also added in the subheading and in the recommendations. ;-)

Thanks to everybody who contributed to make this happen! As far as we know, this is the 4th time in a NGO/NHI Report to the CRC that cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex children were criticised as a serious human rights violation, and the 2nd time that IGM was actually named and spelled out!

What's more, an additional specific Intersex CRC NGO Report, prepared together with Swiss peer support group Intersex.ch and Swiss parents peer support group SI Selbsthilfe Intersexualität, including supplemental General information on IGMs is now available!    >>> Download    >>> Executive Summary

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Study: How Parents 'Consenting' to Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs) do so because of Biased Information given by Doctors

>>> A recent Exploratory Study illustrates how parents who 'decide' to 'consent' to submitting healthy intersexed infants to mutilating cosmetic genital surgeries do so heavily due to biased medicalised information provided by doctors:

Streuli JC, Vayena E, Cavicchia-Balmer Y, and Huber J. Shaping parents: Impact of contrasting professional counseling on parents' decision making for children with disorders of sex development. J Sex Med 2013;10:1953–1960.

Zwischengeschlecht.org is pleased to have contributed to this study, directly by taking part in the initial focus group to identify demedicalised vs. medicalised counseling (the 'activists' credited in the paper), as well as indirectly since the focus group as well as the whole project taking off were not least a result of increased public pressure due to our nonviolent protest in front of the Zurich University Children's Hospital which attracted considerable media coverage.   More on the study after the break ...

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Wednesday 25 December 2013

"May your hand rot off, which you used to mutilate defenceless children!"

Kinderspital Zürich - Universitäts-Kinderklinik "Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!" - Zurich, July 6, 2008 (Photo: Ärger)

From a speech by Daniela "Nella" Truffer to future doctors:

At two and a half months, they castrated me, threw my healthy testicles into the dust bin. The doctors decided, I should grow up as a girl, my parents were instructed accordingly. At seven, they shortened my ambiguous genital. After the surgery I went into shock, developed multiple haematoma and necrotic tissue. Pain and scars remained. That I could have died during these surgeries because of a serious heart condition, was of no interest to the doctors. At eighteen, a vagina was tinkered, where there was nothing before.

Personally, I don't want to resort to an eye for an eye, though I admit to having thought about it, and I don't want to have to be imprisoned even more on behalf of my castrators and genital mutilators.

So the only thing left for me is finding other ways of standing up for hermaphrodite children, so that at least they may live in the future. To be a voice for your future patients, to convince you, that cosmetic genital surgeries and other medically not necessary interventions violate human rights and must stop.

To all those among you, who in spite still choose pursuing a career as genital mutilators, to you I wish with all my heart, may a horde of crazed hermaphrodites find you, who will direct their anger not at themselves, but against you. May they turn your lives into hell with lawsuits for grievous bodily harm, may they ruin your reputation and plunder your bank accounts! And to those, who even then still don't have enough, may your hand rot off, which you used to mutilate defenceless children! And perhaps, one day even a hermaphrodite will come to you with a pair of hedge shears, and will teach you what it feels like having to scrape a living with scarred genitals! And the same also to all of you, who, though you don't perpetrate the mutilations by yourselves, still participate or look the other way.

However, to all those among you, who will abide by "first do no harm", and one day will enter the medical profession in the name of humanity, to you, even more with all my heart, I wish you all the best for your future.

>>> Full Text: "May your hand rot off, which you used to mutilate defenceless children!" 

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs): "At seven, they cut my genital to make me look more like a girl" - Al Jazeera English, 01.11.2013

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> TV-Interview with Daniela "Nella" Truffer (Zwischengeschlecht.org) on occasion of the "3rd Gender Hoax in Germany" media frenzy during the first half of this soundbite-sized news-clip. As always, Daniela says it as it is, bearing witness to western genital mutilation no matter how hard it is, year after year, exposing the gruesome practices usually hidden from the view of ordinary citicens, calling for justice. A transcript of the whole Interview can be found after the break.

Below the video there's an AFP news report, featuring Lucie Veith (Intersexuelle Menschen e.V.) stating clearly that "the cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns must be forbidden altogether". The Report also quotes the recent resolution by the Council of Europe, calling for legislation as well.

(Note in contrast the German Green Party MP and gay spokesman Volker Beck during the 2nd half of the video, beating around the bush, calling for nice and comfy chats with the perpetrators and that's it. Fortunately the rest of the German Green Party has moved much faster than Beck, actually calling for legislation in parliament!)

Many thanks to everybody who spoke true to the media about the mutilations!

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Friday 1 November 2013

"Intersex: Third Gender in Germany" (Spiegel, Huff Post, Guardian, ...): Silly Season Fantasies vs. Reality of Genital Mutilations

«A Gonad For A Gonad, A Lust Organ For A Lust Organ» - Garry L. Warne (left) at the main entrance of '3rd EuroDSD Symposium', Lübeck 20.5.11Peaceful protest outside the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children,
host of the infamous 'ISHID 2011 Live Surgeries', London 18.09.2011

In a nutshell: The new German birth certificate law is NOT about making an optional '3rd gender entry' available for the intersexed, but in fact
prohibits 'ambiguous' children to be registered as 'M' or 'F'.

Therefore, for the persons concerned, this new law is stigmatising, bound to result in more mutilating 'genital corrections', and generally bad news – quite contrary to the 'uplifting' 'gender progress' fantasy the media made out of it,
at the expense of even more mutilated children, again.

Press Release by Zwischengeschlecht.org, 22.08.2013:   [ German 20.08.2011 ]

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook'The option of selecting "blank", in addition to the standard choices of "male" or ["]female" on birth certificates will become available in Germany from November 1,'  claim Spiegel (16.08.), Huffington Post (17.08), Guardian (18.08.), Guardian (19.08.), etc.

However, those (and more) claims are not based on facts, but derived from whataboutery and speculation.

We ask: When will Intersex Genital Mutilations finally cease to be 'overlooked' – and articles about intersex finally give persons concerned and their organisations a say, too?
  
        Reporting on Intersex: A Call for Fairness and Accuracy
       
• Fact #1: New German intersex Law: Stigmatising Prohibition, NOT 'Option'
       
• Fact #2: Intersex-Organisations unanimously and strongly criticise § 22 (3) PStG
       
• Fact #3: State 'Licence to Mutilate' – in spite of UN condemning surgeries as torture 

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Saturday 26 October 2013

'Boston '96 was a PROTEST!' Happy 10th Intersex Awareness Day 2013!

Hermaphrodites With Attitude (1997): Heidi Walcutt 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!'Picture: Intersex Protests vs. '4th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery WOFAPS', Berlin 14.10.2013

Hermaphrodites With Attitude, Boston 26.10.1996Today, for the 10th time Intersex People, Survivors, Partners, Families, Friends and Allies around the globe celebrate Intersex Awareness Day, commemorating the very first INTERSEX PROTEST in Boston in 1996 against the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Padiatrics (AAP), and in support of now 20 Years of Organised Struggle to End INTERSEX GENITAL MUTILATIONS.

           When was the last time YOU talked or wrote about INTERSEX PROTESTS?

           When was the last time YOU gave credit to those facilitating the protests?

           When was the last time YOU talked or wrote about IGM?
           When was the last time YOU named names of doctors and clinics?

           When was the last time YOU participated in an INTERSEX PROTEST?
 
STOP IGM Primer:  What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations,  
the ongoing 20 Year Fight to End it,
and today's 17 Years of Peaceful Intersex Protests!

>>> Download (PDF 1.95 MB)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Be informed – Take part in ending IGM!

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Friday 25 October 2013

Campaign against 'corrective surgery' on children born with 'atypical genitalia'

UNO Geneva, January 26, 2009 (Photo: Ärger)   --> CEDAW #43 Shadow Report

Doctors "playing God with childrens' sex"

It's a boy! It's a girl! But what happens when life doesn't fit in with greeting cards and the defining moment of childbirth becomes a bewildering puzzle?

Swiss intersex activist Daniela Truffer is spearheading a campaign to stop genital surgery and hormone treatment on children born with indeterminate sexual organs.

Truffer argues that affected individuals should be given the time to grow up and decide for themselves whether they wish to become male or female or remain in-between.

"Forced surgery can not be the answer," she said, quoting medical studies that reveal poor outcomes and show that most patients suffer a lifetime of frustration and regret.

"These surgeries are painful and irreversible and most likely to reduce or remove sexual feeling. Non-consented cosmetic surgeries violate the right to physical integrity and self-determination. It's a human rights issue," Truffer told swissinfo.ch.

A condition that is seen in one in 2,000 births, people born neither fully male nor female have been an acknowledged part of society since Antiquity. But over time they became an invisible minority, particularly since "corrective" surgical intervention became the norm in the 20th century.

>>> Continued: Campaign against corrective surgery on children born with indeterminate genitalia argues that children should be allowed to grow up untouched (swissinfo.ch) 

Tuesday 22 October 2013

'End the Genital Mutilation of Intersex Children' - Video of Protests against 'ISHID' Live Mutilators, London 2011

Discussion with a participant of 'ISHID 2011' outside of the UCH Education Centre

@ 5:35 "It's necessary to say what's going on in children's clinics, that genital mutilation is also done in our western countries."

Daniela "Nella" Truffer and Claudia talking openly about the cosmetic genital surgeries commited on them in childhood and about the impact of these blatant human rights violations on their lives.

Shot during the protests vs. the infamous 'Live Genital Mutilations' perpetrated during the last day of the 'IV ISHID World Congress', London September 17th–19th 2011, by Richard of MenDoComplain. Many thanks! 

>>> Watch online      >>> Infopage 'ISHID 2011' Protests

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)     

Monday 21 October 2013

IGM Primer #2: The Global Cartel - Endocriniologists & Surgeons in Command - Ethics & Psychology as Fig Leafs - Gov Approved - exemplified by Perpetrators' Multi Million 'Research' Project 'D$D-Life'

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"D$D-Life":
6 Million Euro Intersex Perpetrators' 'Research' incl. 'Ethics Band Aid'
"Multidisciplinary Teams" =
Pedo Endos
('PädEndo') + Surgeons ('Chirurgie')
= Same since Beginning of Systematic Intersex Genital Mutilations in 1950

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>>> IGM Global, Inc.: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting' 

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Sunday 13 October 2013

Council of Europe (COE) condemns Intersex Genital Mutilations!

>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons (PDF) 

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Hip, hip!  On October 1, 2013 the Council of Europe in Strassbourg (COE) - not to be confused with the EU in Brussels – during their 31st session passed the  >>> Resolution 1952 (2013) "Children’s right to physical integrity" (PDF) with a good majority (78 Yay, 13 Nay, 15 Abstentions). 

The resolution unmistakably criticises Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)WITHOUT any gender-sexology-etc.-fuss, but with a clear, human rights based distinction between medically necessary vs. cosmetic procedures, and incl. a call for legislation! Following the example set by the Swiss National Ethics Commission (NEK-CNE) and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Zwischengeschlecht.org, amongst other organisations, has been lobbying Members of the COE, providing often neglected facts about the ongoing mutilations as grave violations of basic human rights. Big thanks to everybody contributing to the final result!

Relevant excerpts from the resolution (emphasis added by Zwischengeschlecht.org):

"[...] 2. The Parliamentary Assembly is particularly worried about a category of violation of the physical integrity of children, which supporters of the procedures tend to present as beneficial to the children themselves despite clear evidence to the contrary. This includes, amongst others, female genital mutilation, the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, early childhood medical interventions in the case of intersexual children and the submission to or coercion of children into piercings, tattoos or plastic surgery.

[...]

6. The Assembly strongly recommends that member States promote further awareness in their societies of the potential risks that some of the above mentioned procedures may have on children's physical and mental health, and take legislative and policy measures that help reinforce child protection in this context.

[...]

7. The Assembly therefore calls on member States to:

7.1. examine the prevalence of different categories of non-medically justified operations and interventions impacting on the physical integrity of children in their respective countries, as well as the specific practices related to them, and to carefully consider them in light of the best interests of the child in order to define specific lines of action for each of them;

7.2. initiate focused awareness-raising measures for each of these categories of violation of the physical integrity of children, to be carried out in [...] the medical sector (hospitals and individual practitioners) [...];

[...]

7.4. initiate a public debate [...], aimed at reaching a large consensus on the rights of children to protection against violations of their physical integrity according to human rights standards;

7.5. take the following measures with regard to specific categories of violation of children’s physical integrity:

[...]

7.5.3. undertake further research to increase knowledge about the specific situation of intersex people, ensure that no-one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment that is cosmetic rather than vital for health during infancy or childhood, guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination to persons concerned, and provide families with intersex children with adequate counselling and support;

[...]

7.7. raise awareness about the need to ensure the participation of children in decisions concerning their physical integrity wherever appropriate and possible, and to adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted."

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Saturday 12 October 2013

Prof. Dr. John Gearhart ('WOFAPS 2013'): 'Western Cutting of Clitorises Not Mutilation, but Reconstructive Surgery!'

>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons (PDF) 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookMartha Coventry on a familiar excuse by Intersex Genital Mutilators:

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

»Clitoral surgery on children is brutal and illogical, and no matter what name you give it, it is a mutilation. When I use the word mutilation, I can hear doors slamming shut in the minds of doctors all over this country. John Gearhart, a pediatric urologist at Johns Hopkins, has said, "To compare genital mutilation of young girls in Africa to reconstructive surgery of a young baby is a giant, giant leap of misrepresentation." But neither Dr. Gearhart, nor anyone else, has ever bothered to ask those of us subjected to clitoral surgery as children if being taken to the hospital without explanation, having your healthy genitals cut and scarred, then left alone with the results feels like mutilation or "reconstructive surgery." Gearhart's mistake is to judge surgery only by the surgeon's intent, and not by the effect on the child. I spoke with a woman recently who is young enough to be my daughter. With great effort, she told me of her clitoral surgery as a child. She implored me, "Why do they have to cut so deep, Martha? Why do they do that?"«

Martha Coventry: "The Tyranny of the Esthetic - Surgery's Most Intimate Violation" (1998). On The Issues Magazine, Vol 7, Summer 1998, p 19-22

>>> John Gearhart: 'female orgasm = successful vaginal penetration'

>>> Call to Sign Open Letter to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons
>>> INTERSEX-PROTESTS + INFO: Berlin 13.-15.10. 'WOFAPS 2013'
>>>
CALL FOR ACTION! Digging the Dirt on local & regional Intersex Mutilators

>>> Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

Friday 11 October 2013

Next Intersex Protests + Info: '4th World Congress of Pedo Surgeons', Berlin October 13-19

Picture: Peaceful Protests + Open Letters '4th I-D$D Symposium', Glasow 08.06.2013
Center: Prof. Dr. Inas Mazen (D$D-Life, Cairo, Egypt)

>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons (PDF) 

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Perpetrators of Intersex Genital Mutilations from more than 84 (!!!) countries all over the globe will flock to Berlin for the
'4th World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons', looking to increase their business – that is the ones actually wielding the scalpels! 
(See wofaps2013.com for details + programme)
Zwischengeschlecht.org will facilitate an Info Night and Peaceful Protests right in front of the '4th World Conference'.
---> ALL THE DATES & LOCATIONS 

Help reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

>>> Call to sign Open Letter to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons

>>> John Gearhart ('WOFAPS 2013'): 'female orgasm = successful vaginal penetration'
>>>
John Gearhart ('WOFAPS 2013'): 'Western Cutting of Clitorises is no Mutilation!' 

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' 2013
Open Letter to '4th I-DSD Symposium' 2013
Open Letter to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' 2012
Open Letter to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium 2011' in Lübeck (Germany)
Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations' (PDF, 2.4 MB) 
  [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

>>> CALL FOR ACTION! Digging the Dirt on local & regional Intersex Genital Mutilators –
       exposing the '4th World Congress of Pedo Surgeons', Berlin October 13-19

Wednesday 2 October 2013

'Intersex and VENUS Clinic for Vaginal Inadequacy' of Wisconsin - Anthony Balcom, Intersex Genital Mutilator of the Week (1)

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STOP Genital Mutilation in Children's Clinics!Anthony Balcom, MD, Assistant Prof Ped Uro Perv
@ Children's Hospital & Medical College Wisconsin,
'Professional Interests': 'Hypospadias Repair', 'Vaginoplasty reconstructive procedures', can't even spell out 'DSD', professional member of the 'American College of Surgeons', which itself is member of the 'World Federation of Associations of Pedo Mutilators (WOFAPS)' meeting next week in Berlin. YUCK!

'Another new program recently started by Pediatric Urology is the Vaginal Enhancement in Unique Situations, or VENUS Clinic for vaginal inadequacy. There are many different diagnoses that can result in vaginal inadequacy, such as Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome and cloacal anomaly/exstrophy situations, to mention a few. There is also multidisciplinary representation in this clinic, including Pediatric Gynecology. These patients can present as neonates or as older adolescents. [...] Our goal is to treat patients with vaginal inadequacy in a very sensitive, individualized, age-appropriate, patient-directed manner. [...] The patients treated in the newly formed Disorders of Sexual Differentiation Clinic [...] may [ultimately] also need the expertise of the new VENUS Clinic.'

Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations' (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Saturday 21 September 2013

Protests + Info: '9th Joint Meeting of Intersex Genital Mutilators 2013' - Milano, Sept 18-22

>>> Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' [UPDATE3] (PDF) 

In Italiano:  >>> Volantino informativo (PDF)   >>> Le motivazioni delle proteste
                    >>> Ambrosia: Appunti intersex   >>> Articolo nell'Espesso   >>> intersexioni.it

1st Peaceful Protest + Open Letters during Opening Day at Gate 2 of '9th Joint Meeting', Milano 19.09.2013

>>> Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting'  
>>> Preaching CAIS Castrations and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again 

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

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• INFO NIGHT Wed 18.9. 19h @ ZAM, Via Santacroce 19
• 8 PEACEFUL PROTESTS 19.-22.9.
(Details after the break)
on occasion of the Global Intersex Genital Mutilators' Conference
'9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology'
in Milan (Italy), September 19-22, incl. Intersex-'DSD Working Group', 'Business Meetings', 'Andrea Prader Prize' – and mutilators from all over:

The European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), the North American Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES)'Formally Named in Honor of Lawson Wilkins' (LWPES) –, the Australian and New Zealand's Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG), the Asia Pacific Endocrine Society (APPES), the African Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE), the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE), the Latin American Sociedad Latinoamericana de Endocrinologia Pediatrica (SLEP), and the Italian Società Italiana di Endocrinologia e Diabetologia Pediatrica (SIEDP).

Help reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

Supported by Intersexioni, Ambrosia, Smaschieramenti, Centro di Ricerca Politesse dell'Università di Verona, Associazione Certi Diritti, Gruppo Giovani Glbti* Firenze, Associazione per l'iniziativa radicale Andrea Tamburi.

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Saturday 14 September 2013

Preaching CAIS Castrations and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again at the '9th Joint Meeting of Paeditatric Endocrinology'

>>> Milano 18.-22.9.: INFO + 8 PEACEFUL PROTESTS  '9th Joint Mutilators' Meeting'
>>> Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting'
 
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (PDF) 

Hermaphrodites With Attitude - STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'Hermaphrodites With Attitude' – Intersex Protest, NYC 1997   >>> Video

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook'The risk of malignant change is not as great as has been suggested. [...] Castration upsets a state of biological equilibrium that has been built over a long period of time. Since most of these patients have normally or even very well developped [...] sexual feelings, it is very difficult to restore this ideal state by replacement therapy.'
– Georges André Hauser, 1961/1963 (see below 3.)
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. 'High Cancer Risk' as Justification for CAIS Castrations
2.  Examples of Doctors, Universities, and Clinics at the '9th Joint Meedting'
     a) Naples, Italy – Federico II University of Naples
     b) São Paulo, Brazil – University Hospital
     c) Innsbruck, Austria – Medical University
3.  Unnecessary and Harmful: Medical Criticism since at least 1956

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Friday 13 September 2013

"Female, Male, Gap – The New Amendment Harms Mostly Intersexes" - Maedchenmannschaft 11.09.13

CEDAW #43 To End Forced Genital Surgeries Now!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Article by Lea on the new German Intersex Law, banning intersex children from having a sex registered on their birth certificate, thus reinforcing the position of power of doctors imposing harmful cosmetic genital surgeries on newborns – deceivingly praised as an 'option for third gender entry' and 'breaktrough' by lazy navel-gazing online-reporters around the globe that couldn't be bothered to ask persons concerned and their organsisations.

German feminist blog maedchenmannschaft.net sets the record straight, reporting the facts and interviewing Daniela "Nella" Truffer and Markus Bauer of Zwischengeschlecht.org (the other german speaking groups weren't available for comment). English translation by Kirsty. Thanks!

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Prof. Dr. John Gearhart ('WOFAPS 2013') on Orgasmic Function after Intersex Clitoris Amputations: 'Adequate intercourse was defined as successful vaginal penetration'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Open Letter of Concern to 'WOFAPS 2013' Surgeons (PDF)

Cheryl Chase, Founder of ISNA and "Hermaphrodites With Attitude", on a familiar Intersex Genital Mutilators' ruse:

Cheryl Chase: 'Hermaphrodites With Attitude' (1997)

»Notice how John Gearhart, a noted specialist in genital surgery for intersex children, evades questioning about orgasmic function following the presentation of his paper on additional surgeries for repair of vaginas surgically constructed in intersex infants. ([...] the discussion was published in the Journal of Urology along with the paper.)

Dr. Frank: How do you define successful intercourse? How many of these girls actually have an orgasm, for example? How many of these had a clitorectomy [clitoris amputation], how many a clitoroplasty, and did it make any difference to orgasm?

Dr. Gearhart: Interviews with the families were performed by a female pediatric surgeon who is kind and caring, and who I think got the maximum information from these patients. Adequate intercourse was defined as successful vaginal penetration.... (Bailez et al., 1992, p. 684)«

Cheryl Chase: "Affronting Reason" (1995). In: Looking Queer, ed Atkins, 1998, p205-219

>>> John Gearhart: 'Western Cutting of Clitorises is no Mutilation!' 

>>> INTERSEX-PROTESTS + INFO: Berlin 13.-15.10. 'WOFAPS 2013'
>>>
CALL FOR ACTION! Digging the Dirt on local & regional Intersex Mutilators

>>> Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

Saturday 7 September 2013

Lawson Wilkins et al. (1958, 1971): Cosmetic clitoris amputations and other 'corrective surgical procedures' on intersex children (3)

>>> Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting' 2013 

Intersex Genital Mutilations: No Reckoning, No ReconciliationProf. Dr. Lawson Wilkins, the 'inventor' of systematic early cosmetic surgeries on children born with 'atypical' sex anatomies, and name patron of today's North American '[Lawson Wilkins] Pediatric Endocrine Society ([LW]PES)', contributed a foreword to the 1958 revised edition of Hugh Hampton Young's 'classic' intersex genital mutilators' bible:

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Thursday 5 September 2013

Intersex Genital Mutilations: From "Hypospadias Cripple" to "Failed Hypospadias" ...

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> "Failed Hypospadias Repair" (PDF) [TRIGGER WARNING!!!] Revealing medical presentation about a "growing industry", catering to survivors of childhood cosmetic genital surgeries then hailed as "triumphs" by their feckless pedo-surgeons, but later "breaking down" as "natural evolution over time of hypospadias repair", causing loss of sensation, lifelong pain and trouble.

Sunday 1 September 2013

Intersex Genital Mutilation, Global Inc.: Why we are targetting the '9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology', Milan Sept 18-22

In Italiano:  >>> Volantino informativo (PDF)   >>> Le motivazioni delle proteste
                    >>>
Articolo nell'Espesso      >>> intersexioni.it

Foto: Peaceful Protests + Open Letter '51 Annual Meeting of ESPE' Intersex Mutilators, Leipzig 21.09.2012

>>> INFO + 8 PEACEFUL PROTESTS   '9th Joint Meeting of Intersex Genital Mutilators'
>>> Preaching CAIS Castrations and Supposedly 'High Cancer Risk', again
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '9th Joint Meeting' (PDF) 

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIntersex Genital Mutilations is a global business, and the perpetrators are well organised in 'subspecialities' and 'working groups' within regular 'western' medical associations all over the world.

The 'Global Intersex Mutilators' Cartel' consists not only of different medical branches, eg. paediatric surgeons/urologists/gynaecologists, paediatric endocrinologists, paediatric psychiatrists/psychologists, geneticists, sexologists, but as well of (backing) states, politicians, health care providers, etc.

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Saturday 17 August 2013

Peaceful Protests against 'I-DSD' Intersex Genital Mutilators, Glasgow June 7-9 2013: Report and Pictures

>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium 2013' (PDF)
>>> 'I-DSD': 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013

Protest #1, 07.06.2013, Wilson Medical School
('DSD Training Workshop for Young Investigators'), @10.31 am

STOP Genital Mutilation in Children's Clinics!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFirst, we'd like to thank everyone again who signed the Open Letter to the '4th I-DSD Symposium', helped spreading the word or otherwise lent their support!

As always, during the protests we had honest and good conversations with people and parents concerned, other participants of various fields (even doctors), and many passers-by.

And once more we were delighted that also within the conference people called the perpetrators on their bullshit, and that this was reinforced by our peaceful protests outside and vice versa.

Protest #2, 07.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building
(Venue '4th I-DSD Symposium'), @1.13 pm

Needless to say, also at the '4th I-DSD Symposium' both forms of objection to the inveterate mutilators were sorely needed. Despite one doctor, who, after realising the presence of persons concerned, quickly tidied up his presentation (i.e. silently taking out the "bloody slides" to make it more palatable, though of course without changing its tenor), many were shamelessly advocating medically not necessary surgeries on defenceless children, proving once more such conferences are anything else than a safe place for persons concerned.

Protest #2, 07.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @ 1.16pm: Opening of the '4th I-DSD Symposium' (Centre: Prof Dr Olaf Hiort, Team Leader 'EuroDSD' and 'DSDnet').

Just two examples from Paediatric University Clinics represented at the the '4th Symposium' to illustrate why countering the mutilators was important:

  • University Children's Clinic Sao Paulo, Brazil: Paediatric endocrinologist Prof Dr Berenice Mendonca (also mentioned in the Open Letter to the '4th I-DSD Symposium' (PDF), and soon to be again prominently featured at the upcoming Global Intersex Mutilators' Conference '9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology' in September) made several deeply unsettling remarks during her presentation and the discussions, and continued unfazed despite disturbed reactions by persons concerned.

Protest #3, 07.06.2013, University of Glasgow, Main Gate
('Guest Lecture' and 'I-DSD Steering Committee Meeting'), @5.37 pm

  • University Children's Clinic Ulm, Germany: Peaediatric surgeon Dr Gabriele Jergl-Corkin, boasted referring to collegue and co-contributor Dr Clothilde Leriche: 'Over a 27 year period our specialized pediatric surgeon has operated over 600 children with CAH, performing clitoris reductions, vaginoplasties and reconstructions of the labia.'  (see 'I-DSD Proceedings' (PDF, p 25)

Protest #5, 08.06.2013, Royal Hospital for Sick Children - Yorkhill
(Homebase 'I-DSD' and 'Scottish DSD Network'), @2.03 pm

Protest #5, 08.06.2013, Royal Hospital for Sick Children - Yorkhill, @12.13 pm:
Police writing up the details of all protesters after complaints from within Yorkhill.
(We got off scot-free in the end.)

  • Dr Clothidle Leriche (University Children's Clinic Ulm, Germany) boasting in front of 'CAH parents' last fall, then 'only' counted '500 CAH girls operated on', as well as '170 other children' (again including 'feminising procedures' only), as Zwischengeschlecht.org revealed earlier this year (report in German). (Obviously, 'masculinising' genital surgeries, e.g. 'Hypospadias Repairs' were not included in this gruesome statistic at all ...)

Protest #6, 08.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @4.41 pm:
'We demand: Comprehensive Information against Manipulation!' 
Katrin Ann Kunze † at the 1st 'Zwitter Demo', State Court Cologne, 12.12.2007

  • The resulting figure of at the very least 900 children submitted to genital surgeries (as admitted by the University Children's Clinic Ulm, Germany themselves) becomes even more unsettling when considering that their "specialized pediatric surgeon" Dr Clothilde Leriche favours "genital corrections between 9–12 months", as Zwischengeschlecht.org revealed (in German).

Protest #6, 08.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @4.09 pm
(Centre:  Prof. Dr. Inas Mazen ('D$D-Life', Cairo, Egypt)

  • Grand Total of these at least 900 children 'feminized' by medically not necessary, cosmetic genital surgeries admitted by the University Children's Clinic Ulm, Germany themselves: With German hospital records leaked by Zwischengeschlecht.org in 2010 documenting a staggering profit for the hospital of Euro 8175,12 per pedo-vaginoplasty, at least 900 children sum up to 7.3 Millionen Euros + (or at the very least € 7'357'608.–).

Protest #7, 09.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @10.06 am

All the more important that the mutilators continue feeling the pressure wherever they gather to promote their atrocities!

Protest #7, 09.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @11.14 am:
Pedo Surgeon Prof. Dr. Pierre Mouriquand (Lyon, France)
tries in vain to hail a departing taxi.

>>> 'I-DSD': 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' (PDF)

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
'Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice'

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Open Letter to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' 2012
Open Letter to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium' 2011
Open Letter to '11th EMBL/EMBO Conference' 2010

Sunday 9 June 2013

Intersex Protests + Info: Glasgow 5-9 June '4th I-DSD Symposium'

Opening of the '4th I-DSD Symposium', Sir Charles Wilson Building, Glasgow 07.06.2013

>>> 'I-DSD': 'Cruel and inhuman' surgeries - Press Release 07.06.2013
>>> Open Letter of Concern to '4th I-DSD Symposium' (PDF) 

STOP Genital Mutilation in Children's Clinics!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookLast year, the network of perpertrators 'EuroDSD' got re-branded 'I-DSD' and moved its HQ to Scotland, where it will host the '4th International DSD Symposium' at the University of Glasgow. Ethical und human rights concerns re: Intersex Genital Mutilations are not part of the programme, again.
Zwischengeschlecht.org organises an Info Night on Wed 5th, 7pm and 7 Peaceful Protests a.o. in front of the Symposium
from Fri 7th – Sun 9th of June (dates after the break).

Help us reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

See also:
Open Letter to '51st Annual Meeting of ESPE' 2012
Open Letter to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium 2011' in Lübeck (Germany)
Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations' (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

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Monday 10 December 2012

Intersex Genital Mutilation: 'Groundbreaking' Report by Swiss National Ethics Commission

The Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics has published a much lauded paper titled 'On the management of differences of sex development. Ethical issues relating to "intersexuality"'.
>>> Download in English (PDF) 
>>> German  >>> French  >>> Italian

The report comes after 5 years of political initiatives initiated by Zwischengeschlecht.org, first in state parliaments and thereafter in the federal parliament, always adamant on including multiple members of parliament and covering the entire political spectrum. As a direct result of the federal interpellation in 2011, the Swiss Federal Government requested the National Ethics Commission to write a report, which was recently published. In the introduction, the Commission acknowledged that it is "largely thanks to the efforts of self-help/advocacy groups" that "increasing attention is now being paid to the topic of “intersexuality” in the media and in professional circles – including the fields of medical law and ethics – both nationally and internationally."

Zwischengeschlecht.org as well as the Swiss parents' self-help group participated in hearings of the commission. As Daniela Truffer (Zwischengeschlecht.org) said in her adress on occasion of the presentation of the report: "This is the very first time [in Switzerland], that an official body took the persons affected seriously, listened to their concerns and translated them into concrete recommendations." The pragmatic report was also met with applause internationally, e.g. OII Australia called it 'ground-breaking' and German scholar Heinz-Jürgen Voß titled 'Short, knowledgeable, largely clear'. We were also told by multiple persons concerned that they actually wept while reading the report because they were so moved by its contents.

Highlights of the Commission's recommendations include (p. 18-20):

1. The suffering experienced by some people with DSD as a result of past practice should be acknowledged by society. The medical practice of the time was guided by sociocultural values which, from today’s ethical viewpoint, are not compatible with fundamental human rights, specifically respect for physical and psychological integrity and the right to self-determination.

4. Protection of the child’s integrity is essential. Given the uncertainties and imponderables involved, a psychosocial indication cannot in itself justify irreversible genital sex assignment surgery in a child who lacks capacity.

11. In a case of DSD, it must be possible for the sex recorded in the official registration of births to be unbureaucratically amended. [...]

12. There should be a legal review of the liability implications of unlawful interventions in childhood, and of the associated limitation periods. Questions of criminal law, such as the applicability of offences of assault (Art. 122 and 123, StGB) and the prohibition on genital mutilation (Art. 124, StGB), should also be investigated.

We have no illusions that this report is only a first step, although a significant one. However, unless these recommendations are now translated into political actions and finally legislation, it's obvious that the status quo of unabashed intersex genital mutilations in our children's clinics is bound to continue ...

>>> Full Report in English (PDF)  >>> German  >>> French  >>> Italian

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