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Legal Issues of Intersexuality and Transsexualism
Legal issues of intersexuality and transsexualism
Legal Sex Assignment of Intersexes
Ancient History

In history, most intersex conditions could not be recognized and the children were thus not treated differently from other children. The definition of the sex of a newborn with ambiguous genitals, however, has been a problem from ancient times. Although ancient Roman traditions glorified androgyny in art and in philosophy, babies with ambiguous genitals were seen as monsters (monstra) and as a bad omen, and they were killed in a purifying ceremony (Wacke, 1989). Only in the 6th century did Emperor Justinian suggest letting such children live and deciding their sex according to the predominant aspect of their genitals as either male or female. As this decision was not ...

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