Afterword to “Representing Intersex”

Hegarty, Peter and North, Chris (2022). Afterword to “Representing Intersex”. In: Walker, Megan ed. Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives on Intersex. Springer, pp. 125–137.



This Afterword by an endosex psychologist and an intersex social worker to the chapters in “Representing Intersex” considers the dilemma of conceptualising intersex experience as evidence and as autobiography. We explore psychological, political, and aesthetic aspects of this dilemma as they emerge in the reflections of social scientists about their data, in the critiques of humanities scholars on films, poems, and novels representing intersex experience, and in human rights initiatives for individual autonomy for intersex people. We argue for a form of listening to the diversifying texts of intersex culture that does not presume that listening ends in the recognition or celebration of gender diversity. New developments in intersex culture might reflect on the anchoring of medicine in specifically Western stories, make more visible how intersex has been recognised as aesthetic as well as problematic, and listen for a possible silence about music in intersex studies.

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