Chrysalis Special Issue on Intersexuality (1997)

From the Editors

(Not) Another Clit Story

Caught Between: An Essay on Intersexuality

Doctors Containing Hermaphrodites: The Victorian Legacy

Finding the Words

Growing up in the Surgical Maelstrom

Hermaphrodites with Attitude Take to the Streets

In Amerika They Call Us Hermaphrodites

In Process

Interview with Dr. Arika Aiert

Is Growing up in Silence Better Than Growing up Different?

Letter to My Physicians

Meanings of Gender Variability Constructs of Sex and Gender

My Beautiful Clitoris

News Release: American Academy of Pediatrics Position on Intersexuality

Ode to a Life (Poem)

Porno Docs

Power, Orgasm, And the Psychohormonal Research Unit

Showering "Sans Penis"

Silence = Death

Take Charge! A Guide to Home Catheterization

The Murk Manual: How to Understand Medical Writing on Intersex

Time for a Change

What dream? (Poem)

Colombia's Highest Court Restricts Surgery on Intersex Children

Background of Colombia Decisions

Authors of Background article on Colombia Decisions

ISNA's Amicus Brief on Intersex Genital Surgery

Colombia Brief en Espanol

Texts of Colombia Decisions

Case 1 Part I (Sentencia SU-337/99)


Case 1 Part III (Los estados intersexuales y los tratamientos médicos dominantes)

Case 2 (Sentencia T-551/99)

Sentencia No. T-477/95

Frequently Asked Questions

What is intersex?

How common is intersex?

Intersex conditions

How do I know if I have an intersex condition?

5-alpha reductase deficiency

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)


Clitoromegaly (large clitoris)

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

gonadal dysgenesis (partial & complete)


I have a line along the underside of my penis

Klinefelter Syndrome


mosaicism involving "sex" chromosomes

MRKH (Mullerian agenesis; vaginal agenesis; congenital absence of vagina)

ovo-testes (formerly called "true hermaphroditism")

Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (PAIS)

Progestin Induced Viriliz