Posted by Winnie Melda on February 21st, 2019
There is a general agreement that most of the children with ambiguous sexual anatomy do not necessarily require medical intervention for their physiological health. Do you believe it or not?
I believe that most children born with ambiguous sexual anatomy do not need to undergo medical intervention for their physiological health. It is apparent that children born with indeterminate sexual organs make it complex to understand the binary state of sex and gender (32). Many of the children born with sexual ambiguity tend to adopt a particular definitive sex after several genital surgeries and hormone treatments designed to correct their gender. I believe that children born with the ambiguous sexual anatomy suffer more from the effects of stigmatization and trauma than the nature of their sexual organs. The people who know about their sexual status and those surrounding the children make it uncomfortable for them to live a normal life. Children are not aware of the current social issues that influence the decision of being subjected to risky and expensive surgeries. As the author states, it is inappropriate to stigmatize inter-sexuals by the assumption that, therapy or preventative treatment for physical variations, is enough (34). I think that it is unnecessary to allow children born with varied sexual characteristics to undergo the medical treatments to define their sexual orientation since it does not stop stigmatization and trauma experienced by children.
I have learned that medical treatments aimed at defining the sex of children born with sexual ambiguity are not necessary for enhancing their physiological health. As such, there can be other methods to address the issue without subjecting children to the risky and expensive processes.
It is also evident that the medical interventions do not serve the best interests of children since they still suffer from stigmatization and trauma which cannot be cured by surgery.
Preves S. E. (2003) “Beyond Pink and Blue.” Previously published in Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self
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