Sex isn’t binary, & we should stop acting like It Is Read these days #Read_NowJune 14, 2019
Many people believe that biological sex is binary: Either you’re male or you’re female.
Sex and gender, for example, are not the same.
It’s also true that some people with XX chromosomes develop typically male reproductive systems, and some people with XY chromosomes develop typically female reproductive systems.
But sometimes people end up with differences of sex development (DSD) .
Intersex people have DSD, although not all people with DSD identify as intersex.
There are also other genetic variants in a number of genes that can alter hormone levels, resulting in a reproductive system that is neither strictly male nor female.
A complicating problem is that doctors can lack experience treating bodies that are neither male nor female, making it harder for them to understand their patients’ needs.
Both physical and psychological harm can be caused by the medical enforcement of a sex binary, making it harder for people to seek the medical help that they need in the future.
The idea that gender or sex are binary harms everyone by stigmatizing traits that lie outside of what society considers normal.
The science is clear—sex is a spectrum.
More individuals might feel that they are females in a male’s body, or males in a female’s body than is reflected in the statistics. Effeminate males and masculine females suffer a lot of negative attention and bullying as they grow up even if they decide not to “come out”. As was pointed out earlier, the processes and surgeries that are required to make the outside reflect the inside is not rushed into or underta…