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out of the Chicago Conference based on the fact that there was little input from groups outside of the U.S.

Resonance The point or method of engagement with the discourse impacts what will be framed and who the frames will be intended for. The target audiences for the SMOs’ respective frames can be inferred through the language that they have used. In order to make statements with more certainty about frame resonance, however, interviews and more research are necessary. ISNA/Accord seems to be almost exclusively focusing on interactions with medical practitioners, believing that changes in care through collaboration with medical practitioners are the best way to better the lives of affected individuals. This has also been documented in Preves’ (2005) article on the movement of ISNA’s activism toward collaboration with medical practitioners. One of ISNA/Accord’s stated goals is to have “solid partnerships with medical and allied health care professional institutions and with community-based (consumer) organizations that share our objectives” (Accord Alliance). This target group corresponds to engagement with the discourse through evolutionary means in an attempt to influence medical practitioners to change approaches to intersex. AISSGUK seems to be targeting medical practitioners while maintaining direct engagement with members and serving as a support group. Excerpts from AISSGUK involving their co-operation with medical practitioners have already been quoted above, but this group is not the only target audience. Another excerpt from the group’s website reads “We provide information and support to young people, adults and families affected by XY-female conditions” (AISSGa). The group also includes quotations from several of its members regarding their opinions on its site. AISSGUK is thus interacting with the medical community while gaining input in this process from individuals who have experienced being diagnosed with a so-called ‘intersex condition’.


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