“They were doing what they thought was the right thing to do.

A woman named Taylor Lianne Chandler has gone to Facebook with claims that she is Michael Phelps' girlfriend, in addition to revealing she was born intersex.

The eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist spent most of October in a rehab centre after being arrested for driving under the influence in September.

Phelps has not commented publicly on the alleged relationship, nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate Chandler’s claims.

Chandler, 41, says she met Phelps on the dating app Tinder.

"It was very empowering for me to return to the scene of the crime.” Although it is difficult to accurately measure, since intersex conditions are not always accurately diagnosed, some experts estimate that as many as one in every 1,500 babies are born with genitals that cannot be classified as male or female.

Despite being lied to about her gender identity for most of her life Ms Keenan, who now lives in California said she “always knew I wasn’t a normal female”.

13 -- was only deemed relevant by the media days later, because she supposedly has had a relationship with Olympian Michael Phelps. Being "born a man" is a ridiculous concept to begin with. (Society then creates gender roles.) And, further, the idea of Chandler as "a man's worst nightmare" reinforces the idea that non-binary people are somehow "tricking" people.

However, what is most revealing about this slew of headlines has nothing to do with her relationship with Phelps; it has to do with the media itself. That said, on the most basic level, the term "intersex" has absolutely nothing to do with being born a male. Per the Intersex Society of North America: "Intersex" is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

The US has issued what is believed to be its first ever intersex birth certificate, Sara Kelly Keenan, 55, was born with male genes, female genitalia and mixed internal reproductive organs.

But an “elaborate lie” between the New York orphanage where she was placed in as a baby, her doctors and her adopted parents meant the truth was hidden from her for forty years.

The bottom line is this: If the media covers someone who comes out as intersex, it is its responsibility to educate itself about what that means. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside.