I’m back with my brother to co-host this week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, episode #21.
The guys at Bridgeport coffee noticed I was gone and it’s always nice to be noticed as missing.
We were joined on the show by intersex activist, educator and film maker, Pidgeon Pagonis.
Pidgeon’s own personal story brings to life the oppressive position of intersex folks who are as common in the general population as red heads.
They are born with a mix and a range of male and female components which has historically been treated as something to be fixed by the medical profession.
The fix consists of surgical interventions including genital mutilation.
But intersex requires no medical procedure and is nothing to fix.
While some may view the practice of genital mutilation as something done by others, in other countries and other cultures, Pidgeon points out that as an unnecessary medical procedure, genital mutilation was invented here.
Of course, we got into a discussion of the he/she they/them pronoun, which Pidgeon treats with a combination of good humor and seriousness.
Control of the language, the labels and how those with little or no power define and name themselves is power indeed.
Best. Show. Ever.