Publications and Research

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Spring 5-2018


My project includes a netnography of a Facebook intersex group called Families and Friends of Intersex People. I observed the group’s forms of communication within the group and which topics they discussed. It appears one of the major concerns the group has is the use of nonconsensual, sex assignment surgery on infants to “correct” their body to match a gender identity. I have also discovered a link between being intersex and affiliated with the LGBT+ community. Since the 20th century, intersex people have been stigmatized due to their assumed ability to engage in sexual, same-sex relations. I have concluded that macro based assumptions and the enforcement of a gender binary is not adequate to deal with the reality of biological, human variation, thus affecting their micro experiences.


This is a senior thesis completed at Manhattanville College.



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