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Intersexuality in fiction

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Intersexuality is a gender that is rare in real life and far rarer in fiction, even though it has lots of dramatic potential. Have you read, watched, or heard of any works that use intersexuality or have an intersexual character?

One I know of is I.S. (Intersexuality). It's pretty much a typical shoujo manga, but it's more about being accepted as an intersexal than romance. Some of the intersexual characters are asexual.

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a fictional story where the main character (Cal) is IS (5-alpha reductase deficiency syndrome). I read it when it was released and recommend it as both a good book and for the story.

Cal ends up making hir own mind up as to what gender role ze will be, rather than be pushed into a box by other people.

A recent movie, XXY, is also about an intersex (Klinefelter's syndrome) person growing up. It has great reviews. I have not seen it yet.

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Posted before in 'the Androgynous look' thread, 3th genders and races without genders in Star Trek:

How could I forget the many references to Androgyny is Star Trek?

Like the Enterprise episode Cogenitor, where the crew encounters a race with 3 sexes. The third sex looks very androgynous.

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http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Cogenitor_%28episode%29

Or Star Trek - The Next Generation episode: The Outcast. Here the crew actually meets a sexless race.

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http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/The_Outcast

A genderless race also appears in the Enterprise episode: Fight of flight

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Fight_or_F...t_%28episode%29

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In Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness", the inhabitants of Gethen are kind of intersexed - they're mostly neuter except for certain periods when any of them can become either male or female in order to reproduce.

A recent movie, XXY, is also about an intersex (Klinefelter's syndrome) person growing up. It has great reviews. I have not seen it yet.

I saw XXY at one of the LGBT film festivals here last year - it was good. As well as showing some of the violence and stigma faced by intersex people it also illustrated the difficulties in the decision to operate or not.

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In Robin Hobb's The Farseer and Tawny Man series there is a character whose gender is ambiguous. (And when the books were new, she got emails at least once a week asking her to tell what it was. Sad to say, people still aren't comfortable with non-binary gender).

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If I got the concept right, there is another manga "After School Nightmare" who features a main character who is both boy and girl and shows him/her trying to decide between the two sexes. It's got more going for the psychological side rather than the smut that comes to mind when reading a plot like this so I think it's worth checking out.

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-To read.

ai-esu' by Chiyo Rokuhana is an intersex manga comic.

-readable online here:-

http://www.mangavolume.com/aiesu/chapter-aiesu-1/

'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy is quite interesting too. It's set in a alternate future where half of humanity has chosen to genetically re-engineer themseves so they're intersex. It's a really good novel and I'd recommend it.

-Films.

-American director Lisset Barcellos directed a film called 'Both' back in 2005, -but I've never seen it. As far as I know it's never been released on DVD. -It's about an intersex stunt car driver who decides to delve into her medical history. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469041/

'Le Mystère Alexina' is a French language film directed by René Féret, made in 1985. -Based on the memoirs of Herculine-Adelaïde Barbin, an intersex individual born in Saint-Jean-d'Angély in France in 1838, She was raised as a girl -but later renamed herself Alexina, and was later redesignated as male. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091588/

The French philosopher, historian, and sociologist, Michel Foucault discovered Alexina's memoirs in the French Department of Public Hygiene, -and the film is a dramatisation of these journals, -It's an intersex period drama -possibly the only one. -Available on DVD and my 'to watch' list.

Apart from those two, and 'XXY' I've only come come across documentaries.

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I highly rate the manga that squiggle linked to.

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There's a book that just came out last year, Intersex (for a lack of a better word) by Thea Hillman. It's a rather sexually charged memoir of a queer girl with congenital adrenal hyperplasia who doesn't quite fit the intersex definition with her physical appearance.

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