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Intersex refers to people who are born with sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit squarely into binary understandings of “male” and “female” bodies. Sometimes, doctors perform surgeries shortly after birth to “fix” the genitals of intersex babies so that they appear more similar to those of either males or females. This congruence is often achieved through the act of turning a penis, deemed to be too small, into a vaginal cavity or the repositioning of the clitoris, which often results in the loss of sensation. Individuals subjected to intersex surgery may experience “scarring, chronic pain, chronic incontinence, loss of sexual sensation, sterilization, inaccurate gender assignment, and trauma.” There are no ways to reverse the effects of this invasive surgery. All of these issues are disregarded in doctors’ and parents’ desires to create “normal” gendered bodies. 

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