Newly-released film on Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis

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I believe the members of the H-Histsex network may be interested in the following documentary short A NORMAL GIRL, which follows Chicago-based intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis. This film addresses issues of body image, public health, human rights, and activism in relation to the experiences of intersexuality and otherness. Only 15 minutes long, the piece is a perfect fit for a class curriculum, leaving plenty of time for further discussion and exploration of its themes. See a brief description of the film, as well as links to more information, below:


Activist Pidgeon Pagonis was born intersex, not conforming to standard definitions of male or female, and experienced genital mutilation as a child. Now Pidgeon is fighting the medical establishment, seeking to end medically unnecessary surgeries and human rights abuses on intersex people in the United States and around the world.

An estimated 1.5% of the population is born with intersex traits. While most of these babies are healthy, their bodies are treated as medical emergencies. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants--often with disastrous results including total loss of genital sensation, lifetime synthetic hormone dependence, and being assigned a gender with which they do not identify. 

Through the story of Pidgeon’s remarkable journey and fight for bodily self-determination, A NORMAL GIRL brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light. You can watch a clip from the film here.

Please contact me ( if you have any questions or are interested in acquiring this film for educational use.

Thank you!


Aynoor Khan
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