News Forget penis length and clitoris size! (Neues-deutschland.de)

Forget penis length and clitoris size! (Neues-deutschland.de)

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Anyone who has a baby is hardly interested in its penis length or clitoris size. The prevailing opinion in medicine is, however, according to a study by the Council of Europe on "Human Rights Intersexuals": If the limb is not at least two centimeters long, the child is assigned to the female gender. His penis is cut off. A clitoris can therefore be a maximum of 0.9 centimeters in size, otherwise it threatens the scalpel.

Fortunately, this forced mutilation of intersexual children is now to be banned. Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has submitted a draft law that was urgently needed. And that is precisely what is terrifying: Why is it that around 1,700 medically unnecessary surgeries have been carried out annually in Germany alone? Apparently my doctors who do this still believe that people can only be happy if they are "clearly male" or "clearly female". But the opposite is the case: those who have undergone forced surgery are often traumatized by it. It is not for nothing that the UN regards these interventions as "torture".

For this reason, the draft law should have urgently included a reappraisal and compensation of previously mutilated people. Likewise, advice and exchange with other stakeholders should be guaranteed to those who later think about voluntary change.

. (TagsToTranslate) Sex (t) intersexuality

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