Intersex page from the GENDER book.
Updated with further text edits and to include this exciting UN report officially condemning genital normalization surgery. Thanks to Tumblr user PrinceofSparkles for bringing up some of these critiques.
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Love and community,
Gender Identity page (from the GENDER book)
no matter how you play, when you feel comfortable in your own skin, you win! We added some minor text editing, including a hint to help folks with the mirror-writing. Enjoy! -mel, the artist
The gender binary (and alternative systems)
Public bathrooms, like drivers licenses and census forms, present us with two options. You’re either male or female. In this system, your gender and sex are assumed to be the same thing. However, this isn’t always true for gender diverse or intersex folks.
My friends and I would love a gender system that includes more options than male and female. Can you imagine that? What might it look like?
(cc) the GENDER book. please share and comment on our original post if you want us to see it. Thanks! -Mel
Meet my friend koomah! On the freshly edited and updated intersex page from the gender book.
A person who is intersex could have some of both sets of sexual organs, differently developed sexual organs, unique sex chromosomes, and/or unexpected levels of hormones for someone of their body type. There are lots of things a doctor might look at to label someone intersex, and many folks are inersex without even knowing it. Let’s learn more.
“Hi, my name is Koomah! I am an artist and an educator. I want to tell you that Intersex people are just normal people! We aren’t deformed and are not defective. These bodies aren’t shameful. These bodies deserve the same respect as anyone else. They’re not scary, they’re just different, and that’s okay.”
A very productive day illustrating!
I finished coloring the intersex page, and pencil and inked these two.
The first ten pages of the GENDER book.. nearly done! We welcome community feedback.