Intersex Erasure

Intersex Erasure

(sintagma nominal)

The erasing, ignoring or antagonizing of people whose biological sex is outside of the binary. This is often seen in regards to medical paperwork and the language we use to talk about bodies, for example phrases like ‘opposite sex’ and implications about people’s hormone levels. While this may not seem like an issue to those who are endosex (not intersex), not only does being on the receiving end of erasure on a regular basis lead to depression, anxiety, and other ill effects, but intersex erasure also affects cis and trans people’s images of themselves, of others, and of what certain things mean in relationship to gender.

e.g. Dale was disappointed about the intersex erasure in her doctor’s visit paperwork .


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