I take the war on terror personally because the war on terror is really a war on difference, because my body strikes terror in the hearts of other Americans.
My body and the bodies of the people I love are the most intimate sites of American imperialism. Because our sex anatomy isn’t normal, they operate on us without our consent. Because who we have sex with isn’t normal, they won’t let us get married. Because our gender isn’t normal, they don’t give us jobs, health care, or housing. We work, we pay rent, we pay taxes, but because we’re not normal, we don’t get the same freedoms other Americans enjoy, the same freedoms American soldiers are murdering to protect.
Normal is a weapon of mass destruction. It’s just as deadly, and just like those weapons, it’ll never be found.
– Thea Hillman, Intersex (for lack of a better word), 2008
I very highly recommend this book: it’s fascinating and moving.