Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A graphic labels a three-inch ruler as a "Phall-O-Meter." A short pink section is labelled "It's a girl! (under 3/8")", a slightly longer purple section is labelled "unacceptable (surgery!)," and the rest of the ruler is blue and labelled "It's a boy! (over 1"). Below the ruler is a text that reads: "Actual scale. The above are actual current medical standards. Challenging these arbitrary standards, ISNA works to create a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital plastic surgery for children born with mixed sex anatomy."

Title: Phall-O-meter’, Intersex Society of North America



Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Phall-O-meter’, Intersex Society of North. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Ann Arbor, MI

Art Hx