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Sunday 20 July 2014

Markus Bauer @ Genital Autonomy 2014: "Legislation to end Intersex Genital Mutilation: A social movement whose time has come?"

Markus Bauer (Zwischengeschlecht.org) is an invited speaker at "Genital Autonomy 2014" in Boulder (Colorado), July 24-26. Together with fellow activist Hida Viloria (OII), Markus will represent intersex issues at GA 2014.
"Genital Autonomy", established in 1989, is a bi-annual international symposium on children’s rights promoting interdisciplinary dialogue about genital cutting practices of male, female, and intersex children. The last symposium's (abstracts, PDF) speakers on intersex in 2012 were Julius Kaggwa (SIPD, Uganda) and Mika Venhola (youtube-interview), and the symposium issued the 2012 "Helsinki Declaration of the Right to Genital Autonomy".

Abstract: "Legislation to end Intersex Genital Mutilation: A social movement whose time has come?"

In 1950, systematic early cosmetic genital surgeries on children with variations of sex anatomy were introduced in North America and Europe, and eventually became the de-facto medical standard all over the ‘developed world’. In 1993, survivors started organising against this practice, deploring loss of sexual sensation, framing the non-consensual surgeries as grave human rights violations, namely against the right to physical integrity, and as Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM), calling for legislation.

Since 2012, after a resurgence of political intersex activism including use of nonviolent action, human rights mechanisms, and lawsuits against perpetrators, this call for legislation has finally been recognised as legitimate and necessary by national and international ethics and human rights bodies, and echoed in parliament.

I’ll analyse the ongoing 20-year-struggle to end IGM in terms of grassroots’ models of social movements, and discuss how an emerging global intersex social movement can succeed in banning IGM within the next decade.

Markus Bauer is the co-founder and campaign organiser of the international human rights NGO Zwischengeschlecht.org / StopIGM.org, and legally responsible for their online presence. He is the partner of an intersex person, and a decade-long writer, editor, performing artist, political activist, and social organiser. Since 2007, he facilitated countless nonviolent intersex protests in front of mutilators’ clinics and medical congresses, as well as parliamentary motions, submissions and testimonies for ethics and human rights bodies. He has spoken and published internationally on IGM at universities and symposia, and appeared on radio and television, and in newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal. Zurich, Switzerland.

VIDEO Action vs. 'I-D$D' Genital Mutilators!
3rd I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

>>> on Vimeo

VIDEO Action vs. 'ISHID' Live Mutilators!
IV ISHID World Congress, London 2012
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)
>>> on Youtube

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Documents 17 Forms of IGMs and Nazi-Crimes a.o. in CH, D, A
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents

Friday 30 May 2014

Intersex ("25th ESPU 2014"): "Uncorrected" Undescended Testes Provide Vital Hormones – And Often Complete Spermatogenesis!

Peaceful Vigil #6 vs. "ESPU 2014" Mutilators, Innsbruck 10.05.2014

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Human Rights For Hermaphrodites, Too!One abstract stuck out from the presentations at the "25th Anniversary Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Urology": Doctors at Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Andrology Münster (Germany) for once made the effort to actually put the old medical fairy tale purported by the mutilators guild until today, "Undescended testes can't produce hormones and are sterile anyway" to a practical test by examining 8 persons with "uncorrected abdominal undescended testes" aged 14–36.

Lo and behold: Their results defied current medical "knowledge" – but confirmed what intersex persons and their organsiations have been claiming for decades: Abdominal testes usually have normal hormone production – and in many cases (in patients aged 14, 16 and 30 (!)) even spermatogenesis sufficient for fatherhood!

For the authors of the presentation these findings were the reason enough to actually call for a review of the current medical practice for "undescended testes". If the mutilator's guild will heed this call and take appropriate action remains to be seen.

During one of our peaceful vigils, we had the opportunity to briefly discuss the findings with presenter Karen Czeloth and to thank her for this courageous effort. She personally confirmirmed the findings, and told us, when extracting sperms direcly from the testes, also many klinefelter persons have a chance of fatherhood.

These explosive findings presented at the "25th ESPU 2014" will hopefully increase the pressure on "know all" IGM doctors who (now against better knowledge!) continue to allege that all abdominal testes must be immediately removed or surgically "brought down" and transfixed to the scrotum in the name of fertility and an (allegedly) "high cancer risk", as well as providing human rights bodies (e.g. WHO, CAT, SRT) with additional ammunition to criticise systematic catrations of intersex children (often under eugenic-racist-nazi implications). And last but not least open the floodgates for lawsuits against mutilators, who incurably choose to continue to castrate intersex persons without actual medical need!

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Documents 17 Forms of IGMs and Nazi-Crimes a.o. in CH, D, A
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents

Tuesday 13 May 2014

STOP IGM Primer Download: 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!'

STOP IGM Primer:  What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations, 
the ongoing 20 Year Fight to End it,
and 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!!! ]

Thursday 1 May 2014

IGM - A Human Rights Issue!

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook D.  The Treatment of Intersex Persons as a Violation of International Law

“Genital mutilation of intersex children damages genital sensitivity in irreversible ways; it causes post-surgical trauma, and the internalization of brutal prejudices denying or stigmatizing the diversity that in reality human bodies show. [...] The difference in genitalia cannot justify, under any pretext whatsoever, ethical and political hierarchies: cannot justify mutilation, because it never normalizes but does the opposite. For us, mutilation creates a permanent status of human rights violation and inhumanity.” 
Mauro Cabral, CESCR NGO Statement 2004 [66]

For 21 years now, intersex people from all over the world, and their organisations have been publicly denouncing IGMs as destructive of sexual sensation, and as a violation of basic human rights, notably the right to physical integrity. [67] For 18 years, they have lobbied for legislation against IGMs to end the impunity of perpetrators due to statutes of limitation. [68] For 17 years, they have been invoking the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to fight IGMs, [69] and for 10 years they have been reporting IGM to the UN as a human rights violation. [70] This NGO report marks the 5th time that persons concerned, NGOs and/or a NHRI report IGMs as a relevant issue to the Commission on the Rights of the Child, and the 3rd Swiss NGO report to an UN commission to highlight IGMs (see Bibliography, p. 30).

In Switzerland, like in every intersex community, meanwhile several generations of intersex persons, their partners and families, as well as NGOs and other human rights and bioethics experts, have again and again described IGM as a human rights issue, [71] as harmful and traumatising, [72] as a western form of genital mutilation, [73] as child sexual abuse, [74] and have called for legislation to end it. [75] (Cases No. 1–6)

The UN Committees CEDAW, CESCR and CAT, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Council of Europe (COE), and last but not least the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK) have already recognised the human rights violations perpetrated on intersex children, and demanded legislative measures (NEK, SRT, COE), historical reappraisal, acknowledgement by society of suffering inflicted (NEK) and compensation for victims (NEK, CAT) (see Bibliography, p. 28).

66 Mauro Cabral (2004), NGO Statement: Intersexuality, http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/61
67 Cheryl Chase (1993), Letter to The Sciences RE: The Five Sexes, http://www.isna.org/articles/chase1995a
68 Cheryl Chase (1996), Female Genital Mutilation in the U.S. Discussion, https://www.h-net.org/~women/threads/mut.html
69 Cheryl Chase (1998), ISNA’s Amicus Brief on Intersex Genital Surgery, http://www.isna.org/node/97
70 Mauro Cabral (2004), NGO Statement: Intersexuality, http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/61
71 Clare O’Dea (2009), Doctors “playing God with children’s sex”, swissinfo 26.08.2009, http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Home/Archive/Doctors_playing_God_with_childrens_sex.html?cid=981950
72 Nikola Biller-Andorno (2006), Zum Umgang mit Intersex: Gibt es Wege jenseits der Zuordnung des «richtigen Geschlechts»? Schweizerische Ärztezeitung 47:2047-2048, at 2047, http://www.saez.ch/docs/saez/archiv/de/2006/2006-47/2006-47-283.PDF
73 Mirjam Werlen (2008), Rechtlicher Schutz für Kinder mit uneindeutigem Geschlecht, in: Michael Groneberg, Kathrin Zehnder (eds.) (2008), «Intersex». Geschlechtsanpassungen zum Wohle des Kindes? Erfahrungen und Analysen:178–215, at 184
74 Kathrin Zehnder (2010), Zwitter beim Namen nennen. Intersexualität zwischen Pathologie, Selbstbestimmung und leiblicher Erfahrung, at 201
75 Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics NEK-CNE (2012), On the management of differences of sex development. Ethical issues relating to “intersexuality”, Opinion No. 20/2012, Recommendation 15, at 19, online

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Documents 17 Forms of IGMs and Nazi-Crimes a.o. in CH, D, A
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents

  >>> Collective CRC NGO Report on IGMs

Thursday 24 April 2014

VIDEO: Intersex-Protests vs. '4th I-D$D Genital Mutilators', Glasgow

Still: Claudia @ Protest #7, 08:30-14:00, 09.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building
(Venue '4th I-DSD Symposium')

>>> Video on occasion of the protests, courtesy of Richard of MenDoComplain, featuring Claudia, Daniela "Nella" and your's truly. Many thanks!

FOR THE MUTILATORS, international 'D$D' or rather IGM Conferences are usually a bit like a paid holiday. They get to travel, sightseeing, shopping, as well as meeting fellow mutilators. Not to mention the everlasting academic pissing contests, which IGM clinics and clinicians snipped, and snapped, and published the most and the bestest. All paid for. No wonder are so many mutilators always looking forward to next year's IGM destinations!

Unless they find themselves confronted by fierce nonviolent protesters picketing their prestigious meetings – all day long, all conference long – whenever they come or leave or go for a smoke, they have to face the facts that their crimes are being noticed. That survivors are NOT happy. That these facts are becoming better reported in the media, better known in the public, and better recognised by human rights bodies. How surprisingly many of their peers appreciate and support the concerns at the heart of the protests. 

While there's still only a small group of survivors and supporters undertaking the hardships and exposure associated with nonviolent protests, and we obviously can't cover all IGM conferences and meetings, still the mutilators can never be too sure when and where to expect confrontation next – as well as being challenged inside their playgrounds, too!

It's important putting up the pressure on the perpetrators. On all levels. Left on their own devices, the mutilators will never stop ...

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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

Friday 18 April 2014

The Proof: IOC + IAAF + FIFA = Intersex Genital Mutilators!

IOC-Protest, Lausanne, Nov. 19, 2009 (Photo: Ärger)   --> Open Letter

IOC IAAF: Stop Intersex Discrimination!

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Since 2010, Zwischengeschlecht.org has warned that global sports bodies International Olympic Committeee (IOC), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) are letting well-known Intersex Genital Mutilators loose on unsuspecting (alleged) intersex athletes, and that the new gender testing rules that came into force in 2012 with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of "suspicion" or "challenge" (as the IAAF policy tellingly put it) are used as a means to coerce especially intersex athletes from the global south to "consent" to medically unnecessary Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), according to a verdict by the chairman of IOC's Medical Commission, "Most cases, Ljungqvist said, require treatment such as surgery or hormone therapy"  (see e.g. Background Report 2009, Press Release 17.01.2010, Press Release 22.01.2010).

A recent >>> New York Times article by Katrina Karkazis und Rebecca Jordan-Young now confirmed this, referring to a (in the article not referenced) >>> 2013 publication in "The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism" (PDF) (doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-3893):

Therein, Intersex Genital Mutilators Patrick Fénichel, Françoise Paris, Pascal Philibert, Sylvie Hiéronimus, Laura Gaspari, Jean-Yves Kurzenne, Patrick Chevallier, Stéphane Bermon, Nicolas Chevalier, and Charles Sultan report how unnamed sports representatives sent them "4 young [...] women [aged 18–21] years [...] from rural or mountainous regions of developing countries" suspected of "hyperandrogenism" for screening in clinics in France (Nice, Montpellier) and Monaco. All 4 athletes were described to have undescended inguinal testes and "enlarged clitorises" ("clitoromegaly"), and eventually were diagnosed with 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. After further invasive testing, they were attested to have "elevated" testosterone levels.

Subsequently, all 4 athletes were coerced to submit to castration and partial clitoris amputation, surgical widening of the vagina and hormone "replacement theapy" with estrogens ("partial clitoridectomy with a bilateral gonadectomy, followed by a deferred feminizing vaginoplasty and estrogen replacement therapy"). According to the mutilators, all 4 athletes "consented" to the procedures explicitly described as medically unnecessary, in order to be able to be cleared for competition one year later. However, the report doesn't mention if the athletes were informed about all the "side effects" of the mutilating procedures, as well as that most survivors later regret having these procedures done on them, and it also doesn't mention whether or not the athletes were offered access to peer support – serving as a strong indicator that, as per usual, in fact they were NOT.

While there are still no ideal gender testing rules in sight, and therefore possible future revisions will mostly also remain imperfect, the above confirmed blatant human rights violations of intersex athletes from the global south by the global sports bodies once more highlight the urgent need for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in current and future gender testing, including mandatory DISCLOSURE of all cases of testing, banning, and enforced "medical" treatments (while of course respecting the privacy of the athletes concerned), as well as independent MONITORING including collaboration with intersex organisations.

See also: Discrimination & Intersex Genital Mutilations in Sports 

Sunday 13 April 2014

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."

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

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 Mutilations

Click to enlarge!

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Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

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 11 March 2014

Intersex Protests + Info: "25th ESPU 2014", Innsbruck (Austria), May 6–10

Photo: 1. Peaceful Protest vs. "23rd ESPU 2012", Zurich 09.05.2012   >>> Open Letter (PDF)

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookIntersex Genital Mutilations (IGMs), i.e. non-consenual, medically unnecessary genital surgeries, castrations and other invasive 'therapies' on children with variations of sex anatomy, have been perpetrated systematically since 1950 all over the 'developed' world.

Paediatric urologists are particularly do-or-die perpetrators of these 'treatments' violating the human rights of the children concerned, and in Austria, the Innsbruck Medical University and their children's clinics are particularly infamous institutions.

What's more, Austria is the country of origin of the racist and later official nazi diagnosis 'Intersexual Constitution', introducing the term 'Intersex' in human medicine in the 1920s, and moulding the medical discourse of intersex as 'degenerated', 'pathological' and 'inferior' until today, and the person coining the term was a professor of gynaecology in Innsbruck.

The '25th Anniversary Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Urologists (ESPU)' promotes an abundance of IGMs, and its programme includes some of the world's most notorious mutilators from all over, e.g. John Gearhart (Baltimore), Warren Snodgrass (Dallas), Pierre Mouriquand (Bron, France), Peter Cuckow (London), Christian Radmayr (Innsbruck), Joao Pippi Salle (Toronto), Berenice Bilharinho de Mendonça (São Paulo), Alaa El-Ghoneimi (Paris), etc.

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

>>> All the dates here!

2 INFO NIGHTS Tue 6 + Wed 7   –   6 PEACEFUL PROTESTS Wed 7 – Sat 10

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Documents 17 Forms of IGMs and Nazi-Crimes a.o. in CH, D, A
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents 

>>> John Gearhart ('ESPU 2014'): 'female orgasm = successful vaginal penetration'
>>>
John Gearhart ('ESPU 2014'): 'Western Cutting of Clitorises is no Mutilation!' 

See also:
Open Letter of Concern to '4th WOFAPS' 2013
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 '4th ISHID' 2011
Open Letter to '3rd EuroDSD Symposium 2011'
Documentation 'Intersex Genital Mutilations' (PDF, 2.4 MB) 
  [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

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)

Be informed – Take part in ending IGM!

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents 

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

'It's necessary to say what's going on in children's clinics ...' - Video of Protests against 'ISHID' Live Intersex Genital Mutilators, London 2011

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

@ 5:35 '... 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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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'

 Click to enlarge!
"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

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

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

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

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Saturday 12 October 2013

Prof. Dr. John Gearhart ('WOFAPS 2013', '25th ESPU 2014'): '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

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: Innsbruck 6.–10.5. "25th ESPU 2014"

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

Friday 11 October 2013

Intersex Protests + Info: '4th World Congress of Pedo Surgeons', Berlin October 13-19, 2013

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) 

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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)

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

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'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

• 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!

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