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Understanding what is meant by intersex

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This lesson supports curriculum codes:

  • ABLEWA Stage D (VCHPEP044)
  • Year 5 (ACPPS052)
  • Year 6 (ACPPS051; ACPPS056)
  • Year 8 (ACCPS070; ACPPS075)
  • Year 9 (ACPPS089; ACPPS092)
  • Year 10 (ACPPS089; ACPPS092)


This lesson provides visual support for discussions building awareness and understanding of different presentations of reproductive anatomy.

Foundation knowledge includes labelling of male and female private body parts.

some representations of intersex

Generalisation ideas

  • Small group discussions:  groups could discuss the variations present in physical anatomy; the impact of intersex traits on an individual in terms of gender and sexual identity; the ways physical traits can impact on the choices and decisions people make.
  • Appropriate vs Inapproriate reactions to learning about different reproductive anatomies; how people’s reactions impact on others
  • Essays/presentations: considering how societal and cultural influences impact on personal identity and perceptions of self in relation to intersex characteristics

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