Documentaries Intersex

One in 2000: Intersex

One in 2000 Synopsis

Every parent-to-be hopes for a “perfect” baby, but what does that actually mean? Every newborn is different, but some of those differences are scarier to parents than others. Each year an estimated one in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn’t clearly mark them as either male or female — with what is known as an intersex condition. It’s a situation that’s hard to talk about; it challenges our preconceptions about how things are “supposed” to be.

This provocative documentary demystifies the issue of sexual difference. At a time when five babies a day in the United States are having “gender reassignment” surgery, it argues that there is little evidence that such surgery is beneficial to the child. The program profiles several people born with ambiguous sexual anatomy, who have managed to deal with some very difficult family and social issues, but today are living “ordinary” and productive lives. It also includes a young mother who is matter-of-factly creating the conditions for her intersex baby to do the same.

Interweaving their stories with educational films from the 1950’s, ONE IN 2000 invites us to take a serious second look at how the media have dealt with sexual “normality.” It will be an invaluable tool for educating and sensitizing parents, young people — and many in the medical community as well.

 

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