I will focus this blog on the Kessler piece considering intersexed infants. First of all medical establishments differ widely in how they â€œtreatâ€? intersexed infants. If the infants are born in a urban city with a variety of different medical professionals available the infant will have a whole team of professionals that treat their â€œintersexed disorderâ€?. Whereas, if the infant was born in a rural area they may just be left they way they are because they do not have the â€œmedical technology or knowledgeâ€? to place the infant into one specific gender role.
Kessler explains that â€œDoctors make decisions about gender on the basis of shared cultural values that are unstated, perhaps even unconscious, and therefore considered objective rather than subjective.â€? Therefore, the intersexed infant is given its gender based on two major (and arguably the only factors). First, that the infant is compared with a male view in mind only focusing on the micropenis. And secondly, the infant is given its gender based on the cultural â€œNormalâ€? body. This normal body for a male is a penis that is not so called micro and a clitoris that is not enlarged and can be a part constructed solely to take and pleasure the male penis.
This cultural â€œnormalâ€? male and female body is extremely important in our culture. Parents often push doctors into making a fast choice so they can explain to everyone what sex or â€œnormal gender roleâ€? their new baby is occupying. Therefore, even though modern medicine is wonderful and needed the intersexed infants born in the rural less medically advanced town that are left intersexed may be better off than the ones â€œtreatedâ€? by a whole comrade of medical professionals.