XOXY / Kimberly M. Zieselman.

  • Zieselman, Kimberly M., 1966-
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About this work

Also known as

XOXY : a memoir (intersex woman, mother, activist)


Meet Kimberly, a regular suburban housewife and mother, whose discovery later in life that she was born intersex fuelled her to become an international human rights defender and globally-recognised activist. Charting her intersex discovery and her journey to self-acceptance, this book movingly portrays how being intersex impacted Kimberly's personal and family life, as well as her career. From uncovering a secret that was intentionally kept from her, to coming out to her family and friends and fighting for intersex rights, her candid and empowering story helps breakdown barriers and misconceptions of intersex people and brings to light the trauma and harmful impact medical intervention continues to have on the intersex community. Written from a non-queer perspective, and filled with much-needed, straightforward information and advice about what it means to be intersex, this is a vital and timely resource for intersex people and their families, as well as the general reader.


London ; Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, [2020]

Physical description

288 pages ; 23 cm

Awards note

Stonewall Honor Books in Non-Fiction, 2021


Part I: Growing pains. Male pseudo-hermaphrodite -- Part II: The new world. Reckoning with the truth -- Part III: Becoming. Orchids -- Part IV: Fulfillment. Out and out front.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-288).



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    History of Medicine
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  • 1785928376
  • 9781785928376