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Susan Kessler’s piece on how society treats intersexual infants makes me extremely angry. Not only do they force these infants into a “sex,? they “have certain assumptions about gender and that they impose those assumptions via their medical decisions on the patients they treat.? They reinforce the ways in which oppression works within our society and the “norms? of a female and male body.

What set me off the most was the notion of the “size? of the penis. Kellser writes, “it is very detrimental to the morale of the young boy to have a micropenis.? This shows not only does the body depend upon gender, but men determine gender. Since they consider how large the penis is, or how large the clitoris to determine the sex of the child, they emphasize the importance of the male sex. The norms of the body are based off the male sex. It does not matter if the intersexual child has proper working ovaries that can make babies, but rather if the “penis? will not give the child any grief.

Another problem with the how the medical establishment talks about how they treat intersexual infants. They “say that they ‘reconstruct’ the genitals rather than ‘construct’ them.? Also since the “gender in an infant is ‘reannounced’ rather than ‘reassigned’ suggests that the first announcement was a mistake.? This suggests that the medical field determines the “norms? of the body. They also suggest that ambiguity is not “normal? and without these “normal? body must be “reconstructed.? They enforce there are only two sexes, two genders, and only one sexuality. It does not allow any room, or space for intersexuals, and they must conform to this way of life.