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Intersexual individuals are people with both male and femalecharacteristics that are known as hermaphrodites These individuals areborn with ambiguous genitalia that require surgery to correct theirdesignated sex Doing surgery for intersexual children has become asignificant concern The question that is always asked is shouldsurgery be performed on children with ambiguous genitalia This hasbecome a misleading question because people with ambiguous genitalia donot have a choice for surgery In the following I discuss the emotionaleffects of changing ones body be it an infant or adult how surgerytakes away the rights of these individuals how sex reaasignment surgerybecomes violant and how these people end up living their lives as a lie On the other hand basic bigenderism is a concept that does not allowfor changes or deviations in gender from the norm Gilbert 2009 Inshort I argue that intersexed people should not be forced to havesurgery to change their genitalia because they are being forced toidentify with bigenderism and hermaphroditism In other words they donot have a choice to choose what gender they want to be and as a resultthey do not know who they really areThere are many reasons as to why there are emotional effects associatedwith surgery for intersexual individuals Having surgery on a personsbody can lead the person to experience depression anxiety and otherfeelings that make them feel like an outsider In one of the films abouta female struggling to cope with her intersexual genitals Phoebe Hartdescribes her emotional experience when she is with a group of friendsand they are trying out tampons She describes her experience thereis something more wrong with me than not being able to menstruateIhated my mother I hated everyone Most of all I hated myselfOrchids my intersex adventure Here Phoebe shows how she cannotidentify who she is because of her intersexuality and ambiguousgenitals She does not know to what sex she belongs to and thus becomesdepressed and angry because she does not know who she is On
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