Repeat after me: ambiguous sexual organs don’t make you a freak. XXXora is proving just that, with a combination of art, music, film, campaigns and a general desire for people to get that hermaphrodites are people too.
Every year, two thousand babies are born intersex, but don’t have the opportunity to choose because doctors continue to perform surgery on these newborns to ‘assign’ gender. XXXora is different again—she was raised a boy, but knew didn’t fit into male culture. She struggled in a male single-sex school but refused surgery to mould her body into either gender.
“From the very beginning, I realised I wasn’t a boy and I wasn’t a girl. I was in the middle,” she says. She is setting herself apart from transgendered people who want to be recognised for their chosen gender, because she wants to be accepted for being neither gender.
XXXora sees art as both “a megaphone and a loudspeaker” and uses her work to attack unresolved gender issues. Optical illusions are her favourite, because in many respects she “was born an optical illusion”.
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