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The Way We Think About Biological Sex is Wrong: Emily Quinn (Transcript)

Emily Quinn

[Warning: This talk contains mature content]

Emily Quinn – TED Talk TRANSCRIPT

I have a vagina. Just thought you should know.

That might not come as a surprise to some of you. I look like a woman. I’m dressed like one, I guess.

The thing is, I also have balls. And it does take a lot of nerve to come up here and talk to you about my genitalia.

Just a little. But I’m not talking about bravery or courage. I mean literally — I have balls. Right here, right where a lot of you have ovaries. I’m not male or female.

I’m intersex. Most people assume that you’re biologically either a man or a woman, but it’s actually a lot more complex than that.

There are so many ways somebody could be intersex. In my case, it means I was born with XY chromosomes, which you probably know as male chromosomes. And I was born with a vagina and balls inside my body.

I don’t respond to testosterone, so during puberty, I grew breasts, but I never got acne or body hair, body oil. You can be jealous of that.

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