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in the world inhabited by patients” (AISSG 2006). Instead of ‘DSD’ the group advocates changing the medical terminology to ‘Variations of Reproductive Development,’ or

‘VRD’ (AISSG 2006). They argue that this terminology avoids

word

‘disorder.’

Additionally,

AISSGUK

finds

that

‘sex

the stigmatization of development’ could

the be

misunderstood as referring to proposes ‘VRD’ to specifically

someone’s sex, gender, or identity.

Thus AISSGUK

focus on

the reproductive tract

and includes on its site a

quotation term gets

from a member which reads, “VRD sounds a lot better well away from all that sexuality/gender stuff and just

[than DSD] because the says things as they are”

(AISSG 2006). The group also emphasizes that the medical recommendations that resulted from

they had previously been engaging with the Chicago Conference with an excerpt

that

reads,

“We

have

worked

since

the

mid-1990s

with

selected

UK

clinicians

to

promote

a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to recommended in the Consensus statement” (AISSG

intersex

patient care

2006).

AISSGUK is

of the sort thus closely

working with medical practitioners and is invested in a change of terminology medical issues more than gender issues, but the group also desires to stigmatization associated with the word ‘disorder’.

to focus on avoid the

O.I.I is medical

highly critical of the proposed DSD terminology and questions the need for a term that includes all so-called ‘conditions’ that fall under the diagnosis of

‘intersex’. (Hinkle c).

In one excerpt the question is asked “Why Another excerpt states that with the shift

do we need to have a name at all?” from ‘intersex’ to ‘DSD’ “there is

no challenge name at all”

to the assumption that intersex variations need to have (Hinkle c). OII rejects the terminology, arguing that

a medically it increases

accurate medical

pathologization and continues to focus on consensual treatments are more justifiable

issues of sex/gender. One excerpt reads “non- now with the new terminology of ‘disorders of

sex

development’

than

when

intersex

activism

began

in

the

United

States”

(Hinkle

b).

Another different

excerpt reads, “The term ‘disorders of sex development’ comprises all the variations which could result in being intersex and makes our SEX (intersex)

itself the disorder” (OIIa). overlooked in intersex people

For OII the impact is because the emphasis is

that “real on the ‘sex

health issues are disorder’ aspect”

often

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