Intersex: 5 Myths We Need to Bring Down

Intersex is an umbrella term that refers to the inherent physical differences in gender characteristics or reproductive anatomy. It also means the living experience of the socio-cultural consequences of people born with bodies that do not fall under the regulations of the “male” and “female” bodies… Here are 5 myths we need to bring down.

Myth 1: All people are born male or female

There are many people around the world who have sexual characteristics that do not belong to the typical binary sex.

Myth 2: Being intersex is very rare.

About 1.7% of the population is born with intersex characteristics – comparable to the number of people born with red hair.

Myth 3: Being intersex is a situation that needs to be corrected

Intersex children undergo surgery in an attempt to “normalize” them – although these interventions are often invasive and irreversible.

Myth 4: Intersex people are trans

Our physical sexual characteristics have nothing to do with how we view our gender identity or who we are attracted to.

Myth 5: No one talks about intersex people

There are still misconceptions about the concept of intersex, but now many activists around the world are fighting to raise awareness and protect human rights.

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