After coming out, Odiele met an intersex woman from Utah who had avoided surgery – a rarity.
“She’s a very strong person, with a lot less trauma than I have,” she says. “But most people I’ve met have had surgery. To normalise the body, they just cut things out.”
She considers it a human rights violation, an age-old impulse to correct things that don’t conform to the binary ways in which men seek to shape the world.It's men that shape the world, is it? Not women? And not nature, which shapes us in overwhelmingly binary fashion?
Being prodded and stared at for so much of her childhood was humiliating and lonely.So she picked a job where she is stared at by people all the time.