Intersex bodies are “normalised” by medicine, while society and the law “other” intersex identities. That is, medicine describes intersex people as either female or male, with "disorders of sex development”, while law increasingly regards the same people as neither female nor male. Contested claims are made that medicalisation saves intersex people from “othering”, and that legal othering saves intersex people from medicalisation. Morgan will outline the history of these developments, and the human rights response by the intersex movement.
Morgan Carpenter has played an active role in systemic advocacy on federal anti-discrimination legislation and a Senate inquiry into forced sterilisation. He participated in the first UN expert meeting on ending human rights violations against intersex persons, is a signatory of the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10, and is a member of an AHRC expert group on protecting the rights of people born with variations of sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions.