Intersex equality, diversity and inclusion and social policy: Silences, absences, and erasures in Ireland and the UK

Surya Monro, Sean Saifa Wall, Kate Wood

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Abstract

Intersex people suffer human rights abuses and harms because of non-consensual early medical interventions. They have historically been rendered outside of welfare regimes and equality, diversity and inclusion policies, or forcibly subsumed within sex-binaried institutions. This article draws on critical intersex studies to interrogate the policy silences and collusions that have taken place regarding intersex people's suffering. Using Ireland and England as case studies, we show that current formations of equality and diversity policies are inadequate in relation to intersex issues. Analysis of policy documents from Ireland and the UK using Bacchi's method reveals the erasure and/or marginalisation of intersex people, despite some stated commitments to gender and sexual equality. We conclude that there is a pressing need for social policy work around intersex issues and for reform to support intersex people's equality, diversity and inclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Social Policy
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date22 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024

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