What is the problem with third genders?
Germany has introduced a third gender to accommodate intersex people. Unfortunately, this legislation has led to a number of problems. For example, people who are third gender cannot marry anyone at all. It is also unclear how people can legally change their third gender (Travis 2015). This means that the battle to change societal perceptions of sex and gender falls unfairly on to children. This legislation has led to an increase in non-therapeutic medical interventions on children rather than a decrease (Amnesty International 2017) and our participants were concerned that automatically labelling intersex individuals as ‘X’ would lead to an increased social stigmatisation and ostracisation. As a result our participants did not support the need for the recognition of a third gender in law particularly where these were mandatory.