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!Read Book ⚜ Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes ⛅ On October the day she was born, she was named Dorothy Maree Alaniz a baby girl Curiously, though, no one filled out a birth certificate that day When the certificate was finally filed on November , the name on it was Rudolph Andrew Alaniz Within less than one month after her birth, this girl became a boyEvery year in the United States, than two thousand children are born with an intersex condition or disorder of sex development What makes someone a boy or a girl Is it external genitalia, chromosomes, DNA, environment, or some combination of these factors Not even doctors or scientists are entirely clear What is clear is that sex is not an either or proposition not girl boy, XX XY, switching between two poles like an on off switch on a radio Rather, sex is like the bass and treble knobs on that radio Between XX and XY provides a fascinating look at the science of sex and what makes people male or female There are people born XXY, XXXY, or XXXXY, or with any number of variations in X or Y chromosomes, but those who do not fit into society s preconceived notions about sex often face a difficult path in life Dr Callahan explores why humans are so attached to the idea of two sexes, and examines our obsession with sex and sexual intercourse through the ages Between XX and XY Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N Callahan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid October.Where this book could have simpered, been emo, or cloyingly sympathetic, Callahan shines with his wit and simple scientific prose He also allots large spances of his chapters for intergender interviews and biographies. Warning that I will discuss suicide, just like the book does In my experience, this is THE book on the shelves of American public libraries about intersex variations, so I finally gave in and read it not because anything in it would be new to me, but to see what kind of conceptions are promulgated and what someone new to the topic might find Can I give this book to people and save the effort of educating them It wasn t a very good experience, and I won t be giving this book to anyone.T Warning that I will discuss suicide, just like the book does In my experience, this is THE book on the shelves of American public libraries about intersex variations, so I finally gave in and read it not because anything in it would be new to me, but to see what kind of conceptions are promulgated and what someone new to the topic might find Can I give this book to people and save the effort of educating them It wasn t a very good experience, and I won t be giving this book to anyone.The book is very sensationalistic, especially at the beginning it starts with an unexplained sucide scene that comes across as if the author was saying Look, an intersex person tries to commit suicide Why is it So Horribbbble to be intersex Read the book and find out It made me really aggravated.Between XX and XY is totally written from an outsider perspective, to people with an outsider perspective Sadly a lot of the intersex books are like this, and they also often regurgitate the same sometimes incorrect information for example, most intersex people really dislike the term DSD , unlike what the book states It is also very sad that for any kind of useful intersex self help information that is for YOU, not for outsiders or at most parents, basically the only place you can go is Tumblr, Twitter etc The author is Trying, with a capital T Yes, intersex people are human and should be treated as human Yes, sex is not a binary variable Do these statements seriously deserve a cookie Only if our bar for allyship and supportive behavior is really low.The book has a lot of animal examples These seem extraneous, and they aren t like human intersex variations at all, so thir inclusion comes across as somewhat bizarre Does it legitimize the existence of intersex people that female spotted hyenas have a male looking sex organ Or that some fish change sex No, intersex people would still exist even if these completely different animals with completely different sex configurations would not exist at all The book is very short, so I wondered how much of this was just padding to increase the length I wished the author would ve increased the length by addingpersonal narratives.I liked the personal narratives a lot, though I did notice that all of the people the author interviewed currently lived as women No men , no non binary gendered people This feeds into the tropes that all sex and or gender nonconforming people are somehow women.Having a nonbinary gender identity in addition to a nonbinary sex is only discussed as something for other cultures, not for garden variety Americans interestingly, my own culture s terms are missing, though I am sadly somewhat relieved by that There is one throwaway sentence that it is very hard to live as a non binary gendered person, and an obligatory Dreger quote stating that it is very cruel to raise children without assigning them a gender right after the book mentions that most children readily assign gender to other people and themselves Uh As someone raising a stepchild, this has definitely been my experience For the record, my child told me I was mommy , daddy and chicken Now you know D There is very little on related and unrelated health problems, for which sometimes it can be extremely difficult to get care There is no distinction between I am not fine this way and I have these related issues I would like help with People can be fine with themselves but still need medical care The options are presented as you either have a lot of medical interventions forced on you at least this is described as bad , or you let things take their course without doing anything There is very little about what intersex people, even as adults, actually want the book does mention that some people transition, some get elective surgery as adults, some people go from one set of hormones to another, etc but these facts are minimized and not presented in the final discussion.I d say the solution is to discuss things with a doctor while having informed consent and making your decisions, but I guess that is not so titillating, and put that way, it just comes across as yet another health body thing and not something Amazingly Exotic and a Capital R Revelation In my experience, it can also be extremely difficult to find a doctor who does not want to enforce your birth assignment as something to be policed which could ve been discussed Alas There is so much low hanging fruit among potential topics for example that getting sex hormones while intersex can be , not less difficult, compared to getting sex hormones while trans but not intersex contrary to what most trans people who are not intersex seem to think The book by and large doesn t quite explain the difference between trans and intersex very well.I have this plan to review one intersex related book a month, but I m not sure I ll manage to actually stick to it I guess the above explain why If you ve never thought beyond the concept of opposite sexes this is a really great primer If you re a gender and sexuality nerd like me, you won t learn a whole lot of brand new stuff from this book.Callahan spends a lot of time debunking the myth of the two sexes there s slightlyin the book about that than there is about disorders of sexual development or intersex If you re looking for a really in depth read that focuses on intersex, this isn t that book But if you re looking for If you ve never thought beyond the concept of opposite sexes this is a really great primer If you re a gender and sexuality nerd like me, you won t learn a whole lot of brand new stuff from this book.Callahan spends a lot of time debunking the myth of the two sexes there s slightlyin the book about that than there is about disorders of sexual development or intersex If you re looking for a really in depth read that focuses on intersex, this isn t that book But if you re looking for somegeneral stuff about the science of the differences between men and women and genetic variations that will tweak your concepts of men and women , this book is very much worth your time.Callahan was able to write a very readable book that didn t bore me or confuse me at all, even when he writes about chromosomes and karyotypes and stuff In addition to good content about human sexuality, he devotes a good amount of time to writing about hermaphroditic animals, which is fascinating stuff and will further erode your notions of a two sex model The case studies of intersex people included in the book are also engaging, though also pretty heartbreaking.If you are up for something heavier,theory laden andadvanced about the differences among the sexes see what I did there implying that there arethan two sexes with grammar , check out Anne Fausto Sterling s Myths of Gender Biological Theories About Women and Men That book was originally published in 1987, updated in 1992 so some of the science is a little our of date, but it s a really great and challenging read As an overview of intersex biological conditions and possible treatments surveys, Between XX and XY does the job, but it s nothing that you couldn t otherwise glean from similar sources The tone of the book really turned me off, though it was a bit too sensational, and hammered the fluidity of the sexes point too hard and amateurishly even though he s clearly right that a binary sex system is an illusion.