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Introduction

When having a child, the first thing the doctor says is, "Meet your new baby girl", or "Say hello to your baby boy". With these sayings your mind starts to play through your child's future. If it's a girl, you dream of tea parties and dance recitals; curling their hair and talking to them when they have boy problems. If it's a boy, you see your son playing catch in the yard with hai father and building tree forts in the backyard. This one statement the doctor says immediantly puts you into a mind frame of how you will raise and nurture your child. But what if the doctor couldn't tell whether or not your child was a boy or a girl? What if your child was intersex? Would this change everything? Would you let a doctor talk you into a series of surgery that could completely destroy your childs sense of pleasure for their life? Would you feel your child would be an outcast or that you yourself would be embarrassed to have an intersex child? The gender binary has made it so that people who fall outside it are seen as problematic and in need of a cure. They are not normal, even if the child is a perfectly healthy and happy baby. This article talks about the consequences the gender binary puts on these children from the moment they are born and how intersex people deal with their situation.

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