During the 1990s intersex individuals coalesced into an international social identity and human rights movement. The intersex movement gave voice to both the shared and the unique lived experiences of individuals for whom psychical pain, psychosocial trauma, and social isolation were common themes threaded throughout personal histories and narratives. Except for a few historical accounts (e.g., that of nineteenth-century “hermaphrodite” Herculine Barbin),1 this was the first time intersex individuals were telling their own stories. The intersex literature emerged from a plethora of newsletters, academic treatises, books, journal articles, “letters to the editor,” biographies, anthologies, websites, and online chat-room posts. While no singular discursive field encompasses them all, I would argue that what appears common is the articulation of a conversation removed from the distorting lens of the medical profession that dominated the twentieth century. Furthermore, academics, social activists, friends, family, and even medical practitioners have joined intersex individuals to collectively rewrite and reconceptualize “intersex.” To assist in this endeavor, the intersex literature engages a wide range of extant discourses, such as feminism, gender studies, queer theory, postmodernism, the social model of disability, female genital mutilation, and childhood sexual assault.
|Title of host publication||Intersex, Theology, and the Bible|
|Subtitle of host publication||Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society|
|Place of Publication||United States of America|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Kerry, S. (2016). Intersex and the role of religion on the path to health and well-being. In S. Cornwall (Ed.), Intersex, Theology, and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society (pp. 121-144). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137349019_6