Because it’s the exceptions into which the norms need to fit to make them “norms.” The doctrine of imago dei, the hallmark of which is so often misconstrued as rationality must take into account the human being with Down Syndrome. 1 in 60 people have minor Intersex conditions, though it would take a laboratory test to determine that.
While her friends were shopping for cute bras and debating tampons versus pads, Kimberly Zieselman had yet to start her period.
So at 15 years old, her parents insisted on taking her to the doctor.
The US has issued what is believed to be its first ever intersex birth certificate, Sara Kelly Keenan, 55, was born with male genes, female genitalia and mixed internal reproductive organs.
But an “elaborate lie” between the New York orphanage where she was placed in as a baby, her doctors and her adopted parents meant the truth was hidden from her for forty years.
Eventually, a reproductive oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital told her parents that their daughter's uterus and ovaries were only partially formed — and would likely soon become cancerous.
The doctors pushed them to consent to a surgery to remove them, essentially a hysterectomy.(She never had a uterus or ovaries at all.) These produced testosterone, which her body then converted to estrogen.In Kimberly's case, leaving the testes intact would have allowed her body to self-regulate and age without synthetic hormones.Khumalo opened up to Glamour magazine about living with the condition.Speaking to Sowetan yesterday from Mamelodi, east Pretoria, Khumalo said she was raised a woman and had no idea she had male sex chromosomes until four years ago when she turned 21.Even though my passport says “female” based on my anatomy – and despite my chromosomes, which are usually (though not always) found only in men.