Intersex

What is intersex?

Technically, intersex is defined as “congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system.” Intersex people are born with external genitalia, internal reproductive organs, and/or endocrine system that are different from most other people. There is no single “intersex body;” it encompasses a wide variety of conditions that do not have anything in common except that they are deemed “abnormal” by the society. What makes intersex people similar is their experiences of medicalization, not biology. Generally speaking, intersex is not an identity category. While some intersex people do reclaim “intersex” as part of their identity, most regard it as a medical condition, or just a unique physical state. Most intersex people identify and live as ordinary men and women, and are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight.

Want to learn more about intersexed people?

Check out some of the resources we have on the subject! Click on the book or DVD’s image to find out more about each title.

Nonfiction

Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman
Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word) by Thea Hillman
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan PhD
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan PhD
Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self by Sharon E. Preves
Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self by Sharon E. Preves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin
Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Annabel: A Novel by Kathleen Winter
Annabel: A Novel by Kathleen Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVDs

XXY
XXY
Harsh Beauty
Harsh Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also easily find all of our resources related to intersex by browsing our tag “Intersexed people” in our catalog.

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Book of the Week – Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian

Rainbow Flag

It’s Pride month! A time when festivals, parades, and rainbow-themed events are happening in almost every city in the US.

But what do LGBTQIA* individuals have to be proud about? You mean besides the fact that they embraced their identity despite the current social climate and the possibility of discrimination? Well you might want to take a look at Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian, then.

Gay Pride Book Cover

From the ancient Greeks to San Francisco, from Alan Turing to the LGBT ally next door, this book sings the praises of the queer pioneers, past and present, who have made the world a braver, bolder, and better place–for everyone!

New nonfiction at the GLBT Library

Last month was a bit like Christmas around here, with our latest batch of acquisitions arriving and several generous donations. First, we’ll take a look at some of our new nonfiction titles. As always, stop by for more, and stay tuned for our new fiction and DVDs!

 Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience
by Katrina Karkazis
6.009 KARfi 2008

Examines the contemporary controversies over the medical management of intersexuality in the United States from the multiple perspectives of those most intimately involved. This work exposes the contentious disagreements – and all that those debates imply about gender and the changing landscape of intersex management.

 

 Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism
by Scott Herring
3.250 HERan 2010

Expands the possibilities of queer studies beyond the city limits, investigating the lives of rural queers across the United States, from faeries in the Midwest to lesbian separatist communes on the coast of Northern California.

 

 Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life
1.400 PETst 2011

Covers topics ranging from coming out to being out in the workplace; from dealing with the joy and complexity of same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies (including how to propose and write meaningful vows) to handling the legal paperwork every couple needs.

 

 Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States
by Vicki L. Eaklor
2.640 EAKqu 2008

Focuses on 20th/21st- century U. S. history as it pertains to GLBT history. Major issues and events such as the Stonewall riot, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the military, same-sex marriage, gay rights, gay pride, organizations and alliances, AIDS, and legal battles and court cases are discussed. Also included are sidebars highlighting major debates, legal landmarks and key individuals.

 

 Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality
by Gayle Salamon
6.008 SALas 2010

Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer theory, Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking about embodiment.

 

 Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality
by Kristen Schilt
4.828 SCHju 2010

The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new light on this phenomenon by analyzing the unique experiences of transgender men–people designated female at birth whose gender identity is male–on the job.