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Top Ten Answers to “How Many Intersex Activists Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?”

Date: June 22, 2007

On June 20, I took part in the book release party & performance for Thea Hillman’s new book, For Lack of a Better Word. I found out that I was to perform at the very end of the show, which made me nervous because my piece was iconoclastic if not anti-social… which might not be a very positive way to wrap up the celebration of Thea’s new book. So on the morning of June 20 before I headed for the airport I wrote a quick, uplifting piece, well a top ten list actually, titled “Top Ten Answers to ‘How Many Intersex Activists does it take to Change the Light Bulb?” Here’s the list:

10. We’re too busy. Why don’t you ask Jeffrey Eugenides and his pal Oprah to do it?

9. Let’s wait until the light bulb is old enough to consent.

8. One in 2,000.

7. You can help change the light bulb by making a tax-deductible donation of $75 or more to the Intersex Society of North America!

6. You should realize that light bulb placement is tentative, and we need to allow the light bulb to decide whether to be in or out.

5. It’s easier to dig a hole than to build a pole tall enough to reach the light bulb.

4. Exactly at which point do we define the light bulb to be in order or in need of replacement? Binary is insufficient to accurately describe the status of a light bulb.

3. Only one, as long as it’s David Cameron. [note: who is very tall–and was in the audience.]

2. Don’t change the light bulb–change our minds!

…and the number one answer to “how many intersex activists does it take to change a light bulb?” is…

1. Buy Thea Hillman’s new book, For Lack of a Better Word. You’ll know the answer after reading it!

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Emi,
    I’m terribly sorry I missed your performance, Emi. I do so hope I get to see one some time. In the meantime, can I ask you to sign FRIDA’s petition to the AMA for the creation of a Disability Advisory Committee. The AMA are having their annual meeting in Chicago this weekend, and FRIDA, along with other activists, will be attending and petitioning doctors for its creation during the meeting. Here is the link:

    I will put Thea’s book on my reading list.

    I visit your blog often, Emi, its one of my favorites.

    For now, best to you,
    Phd Student, Gender and Disability Studies, Syracuse University

    Comment by Linda Edwards — June 23, 2007 @ 9:24 am

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