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In 1999, Columbia University psychologist Heino Meyer-Bahlburg published a paper entitled CAH women as a group have a lower interest than controls in getting married and performing the traditional child-care/house-wife role.
As children, they show an unusually low interest in engaging in… Meyer-Bahlburg proposes that “treatment with prenatal dexamethasone might cause these girls’ behaviour to be closer to heterosexual norms”.
Dexamethasone has no impact on the salt wasting associated with CAH.
Genetic screening is now available for CAH and XXY, via amniocentesis. It has also come close to destroying the intersex movement. It is almost impossible for us to engage with the medical profession directly.
I’m speaking today as a member of OII Australia, a local intersex activist organisation that’s aligned with the LGBTI movement because of our common experience of homophobia, and misogyny.
The big weakness in the early intersex movement was a failure to organise around the causes of this medical treatment – homophobia, misogyny.Her autobiographical movie, The trauma associated with these surgeries led to the establishment of an intersex movement, initially through a magazine advert and later online.