The Phalloclitoris: Anatomy and Ideology

The Western medical establishment is deeply invested in the ideology of sexual dyadism: the idea that there are two very different sexes with two very different sets of genitalia. When children are born with genitals that are intermediate between the two, it is called a “malformation” and treated as bizarre and in need of immediate “correction.” My earlier posts explain how this causes great suffering for intersex people. What I want to write about today is how the language we use and the diagrams doctors draw to illustrate genitalia hide the similarities between everyone’s genitals. I believe that if we use more accurate language and diagrams, not only will we all understand each other’s bodies better, but the treatment of intersex individuals will improve.

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Via The Intersex Roadshow


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