Information on this website is objective, but not without a vision. The editors and partners1, stand firmly for some nine values. The information on thisisintersex.org should not conflict with the editorial statute and the values listed here.
Sex diversity is a human rights issue
Sex diversity is inextricably linked to human rights.2 Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and intertwined.
‘Normalizing’ non-consensual medical treatment of sex-diverse people is a serious violation of human rights.
Sex diversity is not a medical problem
Sex diversity is not a “medical problem” or a “psycho-social emergency.”3 A ‘normalizing’, procrastinating, and non-consensual medical treatment of sex-diverse people is incompatible with good health care.
Sex diversity does not stand alone
Stigma and taboo surrounding sex diversity are influenced by six discourses: binary gender positions, reproductive imperative, heteronormativity, homophobia, coital imperative, and the curable nature of intersex(van Heesch 2015). These discourses are not exclusive to gender diversity and therefore the emancipation of gender diverse people concerns the whole society.
Sex is a spectrum
Sex, like gender, is a spectrum with an endless number of variations. People can present themselves as male, female, or non-binary, but that does not mean that there are only two (M/F) or three (M/F/X) variations.
Right to visibility is not a duty
Standing up for sex diversity does not mean that all sex-diverse people must be visible: the right to visibility does not obligate anyone to come out. For privacy reasons, sex-diverse people may decide not to share information publicly. But that does not mean they are giving up their (human) rights. Sex-diverse people should be able to be visible without fear of stigma, stereotyping, and discrimination.
Sex diversity is intersectional
Gender is the most obvious ground of discrimination that sex-diverse people face. But at the same time, the empowerment of sex-diverse people is further constrained by other forms of inequality and discrimination, for example, on the basis of gender, religion, cultural or ethnic background, health, physical disability, and poverty. This intersectionality reinforces the stigma of gender diversity.
Man and woman are social constructs
Under the heading of gender characteristics, sex diversity is a component of the inclusive troika sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, and sex characteristics – in English Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC). The three elements are based on different aspects of the social constructions of men and women. Stereotyping in terms of man(s) and woman(s) is closely intertwined with misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and interphobia, and limits sex-diverse individuals in their freedom of choice. Combating stereotyping and promoting space for diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, and gender expression are therefore important for the empowerment of sex-diverse people.
Solidarity with other marginalized groups
We recognize the importance of diversity in society. In the pursuit of emancipation and equal rights, we show solidarity with other marginalized groups. Where possible we cooperate with these groups.
Nothing about us without us
Editors and authors of thisisintersex.org listen both formally (through the editorial advisory board) and informally (through personal contacts with sex-diverse persons) to what is going on among sex-diverse persons and groups. In consultation, they determine the content of thisisintersex.org. The positions as laid down in the Public Declaration of the Third International Intersex Forum (also known as the Malta Statement) serve as a guide in this regard.