Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On being intersexed

Recent hurtful leaks and slanderous media reports, about the teenage sensation, and our most recent worldchampion has also highlighted our ignorance about people born by being intersexed. Whilst the jury is still out on whether this is the case, it does not really matter what the outcome will be. This is a particular medical condition, and in itself not a reason for unfair discrimination, ridicule or exclusion. The manner in which these sensitive matters have been reported on by certain media houses are reason for grave concern. The sad reality is the even Christian bloggers recently referred to this condition in the rather derogatory manner as being a 'hermaphrodite'.

Intersexed Society of South Africa, is an organisation who aim to 'spread knowledge about intersex, to provide the space for the development of an intersexed voice in Southern Africa, and to combat discrimination on grounds of intersex'
They state,
'Intersexed people are a natural variant and an important part of human diversity, the birth of an intersexed infant should be celebrated no less than the birth of any other infant and ALL diversity should be valued whether of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability, geography and or socio-economic status.'
I think it is critical for Christians to again affirm the dignity of all of God's people, and the inclusivity of the household of faith.
We have also just started a Facebook group, called, God Loves Intersexed People.
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