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and previous strategies, writing, “During the mid-1990s to early 2000s, when ISNA were busy staging protests, and managing to alienate clinicians, our UK group were5 quietly building co-operative relationships with clinicians” (AISSG 2006).

OII raises several issues that relate to the empirical claims surrounding the ‘DSD’ terminology and the credibility of ISNA/Accord regarding their promotion of ‘DSD’. OII claims that the term ‘intersex’ is not hurtful, writing on their website that, “OII did a

survey which overwhelming

indicated that just the opposite is true among intersex adults.

The

majority of

those directly affected…felt that ‘DSD’

was

hurtful” (Hinkle

a). Additionally, the tactics used by from their site which states: “Instead organization and mostly interacting

ISNA/Accord of functioning with intersex

are challenged by OII in an excerpt as a grass-roots intersex community people, Chase [former director of

ISNA] (Hinkle

instead sought attention, respect and 2006a). For OII this statement relates

recognition by the medical to what they perceive to be

community” the exclusion

of intersex individuals ‘DSD’ an excerpt from

in the

the OII

formation of the ‘Consensus Statement’. In site states, “Three intersex activists who were

relation included

to in

the manual of the DSD guidelines have now new terminology” (OIIc). The credibility of

made it clear that they do not agree with the consensus is also challenged through

the the

excerpt: “Was there really any consultation of pejorative identity label? It appears there was

those directly affected by not” (Hinkle 2006b). The

this new following

excerpt also clearly “the decisions were us” (Hinkle d). OII

challenges the process through which ‘DSD’ was adopted, reading, arrived at by people speaking about us but who have not listened to has also charged that the Handbook for Parents is “transphobic and

homophobic” (Hinkle 2006c). OII has by far the most information on its website that is ISNA/Accord is highly invested in the terminology, introduced into the medical sphere through its efforts.

critical of the DSD terminology. as the terminology has been AISSGUK is involved in the

debate

over

terminology

but

seriously

questions

the

credibility

of

the

decisions

coming

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