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A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex

A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex

Jay Kyle Petersen. Foreword by Christina M. Laukaitis, MD, PhD

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Intersex is a commonly misunderstood natural human variation, and this book covers a wide breadth of topics on the subject in both a comprehensive and accessible way. It includes information on what intersex is, its range of variations, and practical strategies for supporting intersex people. Ideal for both professionals and general readers.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 272pp
ISBN: 9781785926310

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This comprehensive yet accessible resource provides readers with everything they need to know about intersex - people who are born with any range of sex characteristics that might not fit typical binary notions about male and female bodies.

Covering a wide variety of topics in an easy-to-read way, the book explores what intersex is, what it is not, a detailed overview of its 40 or so different variations, historical and social aspects of intersex and medical intervention, along with practical, proven advice on how professionals can help and support intersex people.

Written by an intersex man with over 65 years of first-hand experience, this book is an ideal introduction for any medical, health and social care professional or student, as well as family members and friends, seeking to improve their practice and knowledge.


'Writing on variations in sex characteristics has been long dominated by medical lenses, which can often be dehumanising and even harmful. By contrast, Jay Kyle Petersen's book contributes a worthy new guide to the burgeoning field of Intersex Studies: positioning people who actually experience intersex variations - their experiences and self-determination - in the foreground. Peterson leads this book with personal experience before diving into definitions, variations and key controversies in Intersex Studies today. Information is provided for a range of professional engagements and letter templates are included. This will be a highly useful, valued guide for those seeking key information, from a critical perspective.'
- Tiffany Jones, Macquarie University, author of 'Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia'


By (author): Jay Kyle Petersen
Foreword by: Christina M. Laukaitis