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It’s time to defend intersex rights

When we can't even define what constitutes "normal", we shouldn't be performing surgeries on infants to make them conform to gender preconceptions, writes Morgan Carpenter.

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18th January 2014 22:03

Alessia Valenza

Research on what constitutes "normal" genitalia, for both men and women, is somewhat scarce – but labia reductions are becoming more common, and so a Dutch study in 2009 examined what doctors believe a normal labia looks like. It found that plastic surgeons were more likely to find larger labia minora "distasteful and unnatural, compared with general practitioners and gynaecologists". It also found that male doctors in each of those specialties were more inclined than women doctors to recommend surgery…

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