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Intersex is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions where a person’s sex characteristic do not coalesce in the manner typically expected of male and female people. During the twentieth century medical practices emerged of intervening on the otherwise healthy bodies of intersex people, particularly very young children, and inscribing, through medical and surgical interventions, gender identities on intersex bodies.
This paper will examine these practices and consider the response of law to these interventions to ascertain if and how law could be martialled to better protect the bodily integrity of vulnerable intersex people.
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