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Intersex is the condition whereby an individual is born with biological features that are simultaneously perceived as male and female. Ranging from the ambiguous genitalia of the true 'hermaphrodite' to the 'mildly or internally intersexed', the condition may be as common as cleft palate. Like cleft palate, it is hidden and surgically altered, but for very different reason ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published August 1st 2007)
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Julie Bozza
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I came to this book with a whole lot of baggage of my own, which I'm not sure belongs in a review.

Harper's book is a good and thorough (as far as I can tell) scholarly overview of what's actually happening out there. Some people - and there are no clear statistics about how many, but perhaps 1 in 1000 - are born with genitals and/or genetics that are ambiguous in terms of whether they are male or female. Recent history shows that medical practitioners and parents (mostly with good intentions, I
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A thoughtful thorough exploration of intersexuality and some of the many, many ways it manifests, some common causes, and a lot of personal testimony on the issues throughout the book. In some ways, it feels a little dated. But honestly, it taught me way more than I knew about this issue, and I would recommend it to anyone curious to learn and understand a bit more.
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Good resource for sociology of gender papers :)
Jessye Cohen-Filipic
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Read this for a professional book review, so I'm already writing too much about it, but it was not great. ...more
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