Revised April 2019
This post is for students studying The Sinkings as part of the ECU unit ENG3170: Diverse Voices in Literature.
Active online sources of information on intersex
Episode 3, series 4, of You Can’t Ask That, ABC iView
Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia)
Intersex Society of North America (in 2008 changed direction to become Accord Alliance, but the ISNA website remains as an archive)
The reading list below is by no means exhaustive; obviously, there are many more publications now than were available during my research in 2003–05, and you can access current sources via the sites above. However, the following are the principal sources that informed the development of The Sinkings and may provide useful perspectives on intersex, cultural labelling and gender fluidity.
Colapinto, J., As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl (Perennial, 2001). The Colapinto article (first published in Rolling Stone in 1997) that preceded this book is available here.
Domurat Dreger, A., Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (Harvard University Press, 2000).
—— Intersex in the Age of Ethics (University Publishing Group, 1999).
Fausto-Sterling, A., Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (Basic Books, 2000).
Frank, A. W., The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Goffman, E., Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (Penguin, 1963).
Haynes, F. & T. McKenna, Unseen Genders: Beyond the Binaries (Peter Lang, 2001).
Kessler, S., Lessons from the Intersexed (Rutgers University Press, 2002).
Chase, C., ‘Affronting reason’, in D. Atkins (ed.), Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities (Harrington Park Press, 1998).
Epstein, J., ‘Either/or—neither/both: Sexual ambiguity and the ideology of gender’, Genders, 7 (Spring 1990).
Fausto-Sterling, A., ‘The five sexes, revisited’, Sciences, 40 (4), July/August 2000.
Preves, S. E., ‘Sexing the intersexed: an analysis of sociocultural responses to intersexuality’, Signs, 27 (2, Winter 2002).
Turner, S. S., ‘Intersex identities: locating new intersections of sex and gender’, Gender & Society, 13 (4), 1999.