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Intersex and Asexuality

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David Hernandez Saca | 36 comments Mod
Hi Everyone!

Intersex and asexuality are two topics that are rarely explored in print.

Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female and male. Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction. Asexuals are a heterogeneous group. Asexuality does not mean that some do not experience romantic and/or arousal. Some do and some do not. Asexuality is an orientation which lacks sexual attraction but it is not celibacy. Celibacy is a choice to abstain from sexual intimacy.

How do you understand these terms and in what ways do they surface in your life?

In my own life, as someone who is self-identified as gay, I have often called myself asexual when I was growing up. Learning about asexuality gave me a term and a language in order to understand my own feelings of asexuality that I experienced as a young adult.

Here are some great novels for you to delve into about intersex and asexuality:

• As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
• Fool for Love by Lisa Lee
• I.S. (Inter Sexuality) by Rokuhana Chiyo
• The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
• The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell
• Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Here are some websites about intersex:

Happy Reading! David

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David Hernandez Saca | 36 comments Mod
I started watching the film, XXY, last night. Its a great film about a intersex girl who struggles with her sexual identity as she changes from being a girl to a boy. It's in Spanish. It has English subtitles.

Here is a url to it:


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