The Politics of Recognition and the Limits of Emancipation through Law

There is much to celebrate about the BVerfG decision. Intersex erasure is a serious issue, and 2017 could go down in history as the year intersex reached a tipping point of visibility: supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex in the US Teen Vogue, generally intersex activism is picking up media time around the world, and now Vanja has won the Bundesverfassungsgericht.

Ten years ago, in 2007, a claimant known only as “K” was denied their request to have the gender marker erased from their registration by the Supreme Court of The Netherlands. K considered themself neither male nor female and felt that the forced categorization by the state as either M or F violated their Art. 8 ECHR right to privacy. The court considered that K’s individual desire for a ‘null-status’ was outweighed by the general interest of maintaining the current order in Europe where there was no widespread trend towards legal recognition of intersex or ‘non-sexed’ individuals. Ten years later, the case of Vanja in the German Constitutional Court shows that acceptance of intersex, and other manifestations of sex or gender beyond the binary, is finally becoming more common. At the same time, the history of LGBITQA struggles warrants us to pause for thought: is ‘positive Anerkennung’ (affirmative recognition) really all that positive?

In this post I will call attention to the limits to recognition’s emancipatory potential, the possibility of gender-proliferation ad absurdum, and I will take another look at the privacy argument made by K. I conclude with a reappraisal of the ‘null-option’ and support for scrapping gender registration altogether.

“Positive Anerkennung” vs the Nulloption

In a brief social media comment, Intersex UK warned of undue celebration of the German decision. It noted that legal gender status is not something most intersex people in the UK worry about ...

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