Intersex chat life
Bodies Like Ours seeks to end the shame and secrecy that surrounds people born intersexed and/or with atypical genitals through community and peer support.
 (Alice Dreger explores this question in greater depth in her book "Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex":/books/medicalinvention.) Here's what we do know: If you ask experts at medical centers how often a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, the number comes out to about 1 in 1500 to 1 in 2000 births. Blackless, Melanie, Anthony Charuvastra, Amanda Derryck, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Karl Lauzanne, and Ellen Lee. We were recently asked to update these frequency figures, and a lively "discussion": arose between two staff members.
Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn't always show up at birth.
Breasts, penises, clitorises, scrotums, labia, gonads--all of these vary in size and shape and morphology.
So-called "sex" chromosomes can vary quite a bit, too.
We are not a small community, but years of shame, secrecy, and isolation have taught us to remain hidden, hoping that no one discovers our “secret”.