Saturday, July 17, 2010

anti-intersex drugs

A medical paper published recently in Australia recommends prenatal screening for congenital adrenal hyperplasia female fetuses. The paper recommends treating them prenatally with dexamethasone to prevent "behavioral masculization" including "same sex attraction and tom boy type behaviors" (there is a much higher statistical rate of both in CAH girls).

I find this absolutely disgusting, it is blatantly homophobic and transphobic. So your little girl may not be what you were expecting, so what? No parent-to-be knows what their child will be like, but they adapt and love them anyways. Parents should love and accept their children not drug out who they are, or will be. This non-consensual medical intervention is little better then genital mutilation, it is the strict enforcement of gender stereotypes at the expense of the humanity, individuality and power of choice of the intersexed individual. It also contributes to the view of intersex as a pathology.

I find the thought of prenatal testing for intersex conditions very disturbing. More prenatal intervention could lead to the abortions intersex fetuses for eugenics purposes. Most parents to be want to know the sex of their baby, but when knowing could lead them to medicate or harm the baby, perhaps it is best left a surprise.

1 comment:

  1. I guess it's similiar to the chemical castration of fags convicted of working for the feds in the 50's

    Yeah, it was 20 years for being a fag and a public servant at the same time

    so they would chemically castrate people

    took about 3 months I guess.

    I was looking at this other site for doctors which was backing the Therapeutic Privilege protocol as necessary

    I thnik any kind of family kept secret about one member's health is disgusting

    basically there's a big secret that everyone in the family knows except the intersex person
    So every family gathering becomes a collection of strange looks they don't get.

    I've had 4 doctors literally laugh in my face and call me nuts without even attempting any examination

    Then there's the old white male doctor intent on perpetuating the lie to protect his buddy from a malpractice suit

    We need some lawyers who will work for intersex people