Since I was young I have always been curious about sex and gender. I would ask "why do I have to sit on the toilet, it's gross?" or "why are those two people kissing?" I was raised to believe that you were either man or woman and that only men and women can kiss. Now that I am older my eyes have been opened to other things.
Anne Fausto-Sterling, Professor of Biology and Women's Studies at Brown University, hypothesizes that the world needs to have more than one classification of sex. In the article The Five sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough Anne argues that there should be a minimum of five sexes. The human body is too complex to ask that both sex chromosomes fit into either type A or type B.
For a long time genetics has a way of changing things around by not creating people with just two X chromosome or the male XY chromosomes. There is now something called intersex, which changes our world's classification of male and female. Without everyday knowledge of people who are intersex our world does not support them. It is a simple as the restrictions on using a public restroom or locker room, checking a box when applying for a dorm room, or decided what sports team to try out for.
My point to bringing up this topic is the mainly the Universities application for housing. I want to touch on this subject because many people in this class have had to fill out this form and know what I am talking about. Imagine the difficulty of someone who is intersex when they have to choose housing. Are they male or female? Do they want a single or double dorm? Does their dorm have private bathrooms? The list of questions goes on and on.
I am hoping this blog will cause people to think twice when they are having an easy time walking in and out of the restroom. That this is something that should be addressed because the rest of the world is not the same as you or me and sometimes people truly are born differently.