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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #287 - Genres: In France, intersex still rhymes with mutilations (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 8 Oct 2018 08:12:14 +0300

In September, the intersex and Allied collective (CIA) launched the first campaign to stop mutilations for intersex children and adolescents ; in France, nearly 2 % of births would be affected, so many people still suffering medical violence. ---- Intersexuation is the presentation of sexual characteristics that do not correspond to those of the binary classifications of men or women. When this happens, parents will have to decide to assign a sex to their child, with all that it will involve ; in fact, the medical profession will then practice various interventions, whether from hormonal treatments or surgical procedures, so that the child enters the desired space. ---- The vast majority of the children concerned are in good health, and there is no justification for constructing these interventions from a medical point of view. Conversely, the consequences of these protocols are often cumbersome, physically but also dramatic for the identity construction of the people concerned, who have been imposed an identity and unnecessary bodily changes.

The current justification for these acts is that they would promote the child's good psychological and social development by allowing him to identify with peers and not be stigmatized. stigmatization is produced by medical professionals, for whom these children are above all " abnormal ".

The appeal launched by the Intersex and Allies collective 1 highlights these elements, recalling that these practices have been denounced internationally and by many rights groups.

In France, the report of the Council of State published last June preparing the revision of the bioethics law puts forward the question of the consent of the child as a prerequisite for any intervention, if its state of health does not require intervention of 'emergency.

No longer see intersex as a pathological condition
The idea of waiting for the child to express a choice has emerged, with all that implies. On the one hand, all professionals should be trained not to see intersex as a pathological condition to be remedied, but as the existence of variations in the construction of sexual characteristics.

It must also be possible to implement this right to expectation, with the possibility of postponing the attribution of sex to civil status for the children concerned, until a decision has been taken by the person herself. However, if recommendations could be formulated in this sense, nothing has yet been proposed in a concrete way.

The campaign [1]proposed by the collective, which has created a dedicated site, an online petition and tools to disseminate, aims to federate around the stop mutilation and the possibility of choice, but it also allows to give visibility to intersex and all related issues, being carried by people directly concerned.

Flo (Lorient)

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