The below essay is very quickly written and still very much a work in progress, but I felt it was important to share some of this information as part of Intersex Awareness Day. As someone born with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, I had until recently felt fairly neutral about the term Intersex as I could … Continue reading The Invention of Intersex
Being caught up in the gender wars is no fun and I have become increasingly tired of people tagging me into the many ridiculous debates about whether or not sex is binary, bimodal, a spectrum or possibly doesn’t even exist at all. However, I didn’t wade into this debate to argue endlessly about the nature … Continue reading Two things can be true at the same time, Mr Jones!
I’ve written a lot about my own experiences of being born with a variation of sex development. However, it is not just my story and it has also had a huge impact on my family, especially my parents. I found it hard to write their story & separate it from my own voice and feelings, … Continue reading Parents are human too
I decided to apply to medical school when I was 30. This was a decision that I made overnight after reading about the new Graduate Entry course in a copy of the Evening Standard that had been left in my shared house. “I can do that”, I thought – “it will be easy, they need … Continue reading Tale of a good GP
“We moved on the Tuesday before Labour Day. I knew what the weather was like the second I got up, I knew because I caught my mother sniffing under her arms. She always does that when it’s hot and humid to make sure her deodorant’s working. I don’t use deodorant yet. I don’t think people … Continue reading Are you there God? It’s me, Clare.
Whilst living with friends in London in the late 90s and thinking about what I was going to do with the rest of my life, I listened to a lot of Belle and Sebastian. I especially loved the song Fox in the Snow and thought of myself as like the ‘Girl in the Snow’. Girl … Continue reading Girl in the snow
Throughout my childhood I had regular hospital appointments. This was at our very big but local hospital and it would usually involve missing a day of school, which always seemed to result in missing some major school gossip as something exciting always seemed to happen on the day that I was away. As many things … Continue reading Pictures of you
Although I am always meaning to write something about my experience as a woman with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, I am also a terrible procrastinator and with work and kids to juggle, a few tweets are usually the limit of my attention span. Before starting this piece, I was also worrying about the best terminology to … Continue reading Caught in the middle
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