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Resource ID: #26622
Subject: Gender
Source: Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
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Date: July 8, 2014

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This story showed how a lack of oversight is allowing doctors to carry out risky cosmetic surgeries on young children with intersex conditions. Around one in 2,000 children are born with sex organs that are not entirely male or female. The story focused on one of these children, 'M' who was born with an intersex condition and whose penis was cut off as a toddler to make him look like a girl. He is now ten and identifies as a boy. As well as the risk of assigning a child the wrong gender, these surgeries have a gut-wrenching list of side-effects including painful scarring, reduced sexual sensitivity, torn genital tissue, removal of natural hormones and possible sterilization. This story found that doctors have been aware of these risks since the 1990s when many advocates, adults and some within the medical profession called on the surgeries to be heavily restricted, but that many doctors continue to perform these operations.

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