This is incredibly long, but if anything, please read after the quotations. I urge you to read the whole thing though.
"When you hear the word intersex, what do you think?
Well, if you asked different people, you would be sure to get different answers. Some might say hermaphrodite, transsexual, or transgender. Basically, people’s answers usually include something to do with being both male and female, or changing from male to female and vice-versa. Very few would know that those answers are all wrong.
A hermaphrodite is a genetic, physical, and psychological impossibility referring to a person that is fully female and fully male. It comes from the mythological Greek god of bisexuality and effeminacy, Hermaphroditus. Even though it is impossible for a human to be a hermaphrodite, some doctors still used this term when referring to intersex due to the use of outdated nomenclature that uses gonadal anatomy as the basis for determining sex.
A transgender is a broad term for the state of one’s gender identity not matching their assigned sex. Transsexuality is the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex. It is usually accompanied by a sense of discomfort with, or inappropriateness of, one's anatomical sex. The wish to have surgery and hormonal treatment to make one's body as congruent as possible with one's preferred sex is what separates someone who identifies as transsexual from one who identifies as transgender.
Intersex is a generalized term used to identify a variety of conditions that cause a person to be born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the typical definitions of female or male. A person could also be born with genitals that are in between, like a girl with a noticeably large clitoris or lacking a vaginal opening or a boy with a notably small penis or scrotum divided to look like labia. A person may also be born with mosaic genetics. This means that some of their chromosomes are XY and some are XX."
The above is from an essay I wrote last year, my freshman year in high school, debating whether or not people with intersex should have surgery before they can give their own consent. I argued in favor of waiting until they're old enough in cases when it's not life threatening, like no exit for the urethra.
The person above is Niou Masaharu, who I commonly call my baby. In a fanfiction I'm writing called dISsonance, I give Niou Salt-Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, and I genderbend him. Thusly, Niou ends up being intersex.
In Niou's case, she doesn't know about it because of her mother's interference, and she is raised as a boy, as seen on the right. When Niou is thirteen though, her father barges into her life, and everything is shot to hell. After some tear-filled arguments, Niou is transferred into custody of her father, and she eventually becomes the person on the left. She moves to Osaka, and she starts her life anew in a new school.
Then a bitter soul reveals Niou's secret, and suddenly before and after pictures are plastered all over the news in Japan. Niou begins to be bullied, and she's called a hermaphrodite, people say she's had a sex change, and her whole family is pushed in front of Japan's public eye. Niou's life becomes a living hell, and she's being wrongly judged by everyone who sees her.
Yes, the story does eventually look up, and her life reaches a consonance, but it does take a while. It takes a failed suicide attempt for Niou's life to begin to change for the better.
The point is that this story is completely realistic, and it's not uncommon, believe it or not. It's an extreme case, like Cheryl Chase's, but realistic nonetheless. I figured this would be rather appropriate for Spirit Day, as this is a topic that is not given the right amount of notice, yet it is something that is just as important as being bullied because of your sexual orientation.
Yes, the blue and pink are on opposite sides for a reason. When Niou looked like the male on the right, she was told she was a girl, but when she accepted her gender on the left, society stressed that she was a boy.
There is a version of this fully colored which I will post tomorrow, and I might post the fanfiction itself at a later time.