Intersex in Australia, Australia
NZ Herald: Mani Mitchell on being intersex
by Admin on Thursday, 26 April, 2012
In anticipation of the first showing of a full documentary version of
Intersexion, Mani Mitchell has been interviewed by the New Zealand
Herald. It’s a great piece, which shows Mani’s humanity as well as
Mani’s own perspective on surgery, one that is shared by very many
She remembers being eight-years-old and going in to hospital for
“normalising” surgery. It had “devastating effects, both in terms of
how I felt about myself and later on as an adult my own sexual
“You destroy sensitivity. You destroy functionality.
“I used to say I was a head that towed a body around. I was
completely cut off and numb from my own physical body.”
Finally, aged close to 60, Mani can finally say, “I’m comfortable in
my own skin”.
An initial version of Intersexions
was fantastic. We congratulate Mani for the interview, and Mani and
director Grant Lahood for what promises to be an excellent
* For a medical research paper on satisfaction with surgery see
the results of a German study of people with AIS in the Journal of
Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
, for example.
* Report on Intersex documentary “Intersexion (Is He Or Isn’t
* Intersexion <http://www.docnz.org.nz/2012/ak/film/intersexion>
world premiere in the NZ Documentary Edge Festival, 2012.