Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis

Contesting Intersex: The Dubious DiagnosisWhen Sociologist Georgiann Davis Was A Teenager, Her Doctors Discovered That She Possessed XY Chromosomes, Marking Her As Intersex Rather Than Share This Information With Her, They Withheld The Diagnosis In Order To Protect The Development Of Her Gender Identity It Was Years Before Davis Would See Her Own Medical Records As An Adult And Learn The Truth Davis Experience Is Not Unusual Many Intersex People Feel Isolated From One Another And Violated By Medical Practices That Support Conventional Notions Of The Male Female Sex Binary Which Have Historically Led To Secrecy And Shame About Being Intersex Yet, The Rise Of Intersex Activism And Visibility In The US Has Called Into Question The Practice Of Classifying Intersex As An Abnormality, Rather Than As A Mere Biological Variation This Shift In Thinking Has The Potential To Transform Entrenched Intersex Medical TreatmentIn Contesting Intersex, Davis Draws On Interviews With Intersex People, Their Parents, And Medical Experts To Explore The Oft Questioned Views On Intersex In Medical And Activist Communities, As Well As The Evolution Of Thought In Regards To Intersex Visibility And Transparency She Finds That Framing Intersex As An Abnormality Is Harmful And Can Alter The Course Of One S Life In Fact, Controversy Over This Framing Continues, As Intersex Has Been Renamed A Disorder Of Sex Development Throughout Medicine This Happened, She Suggests, As A Means For Doctors To Reassert Their Authority Over The Intersex Body In The Face Of Increasing Intersex Activism In The S And Feminist Critiques Of Intersex Medical Treatment Davis Argues The Renaming Of Intersex As A Disorder Of Sex Development Is Strong Evidence That The Intersex Diagnosis Is Dubious Within The Intersex Community, Though, Disorder Of Sex Development Terminology Is Hotly Disputed Some Prefer Not To Use A Term Which Pathologizes Their Bodies, While Others Prefer To Think Of Intersex In Scientific Terms Although Terminology Is Currently A Source Of Tension Within The Movement, Davis Hopes Intersex Activists And Their Allies Can Come Together To Improve The Lives Of Intersex People, Their Families, And Future Generations However, For This To Happen, The Intersex Diagnosis, As Well As Sex, Gender, And Sexuality, Needs To Be Understood As Socially Constructed Phenomena A Personal Journey Into Medical And Social Activism, Contesting Intersex Presents A Unique Perspective On How Medical Diagnoses Can Affect Lives Profoundly

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  • Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
  • Georgiann Davis
  • 07 January 2019
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  1. says:

    Any book whose sole image on the front and spine is a scalpel is attention grabbing Yet Contesting Intersex is an exploration of the state of intersex advocacy and support groups in the USA in the year 2015than it is a general overview of the topic I had rather na vely thought it would resemble the Australian author Jane McCredie s excellent Making Girls and Boys Inside the Science of Sex, which was intended for a much broader audience Instead, we have a Conclusion chapter that opens w Any book whose sole image on the front and spine is a scalpel is attention grabbing Yet Contesting Intersex is an exploration of the state of intersex advocacy and support groups in the USA in the year 2015than it is a general overview of the topic I had rather na vely thought it would resemble the Australian author Jane McCredie s excellent Making Girls and Boys Inside the Science of Sex, which was intended for a much broader audience Instead, we have a Conclusion chapter that opens with a rather dry terminological focus I started Contesting Intersex with one broad question in mind How did intersex become a disorder of sexual development Intersex versus DSDMuch of the book focuses on the controversy over the declaration by the medical community, in conjunction with multiple intersex organisations, that DSD terminology would replace intersex Intersex is a fuzzy word, a politicised identity rather than a definition Many are very happy to have intersex as their identity after all, who ever proudly said that they were OK not fitting into a binary of kidney functions and didn t want to be ashamed Others don t want the in your face SEX word front and centre, and like that framing intersex bodies as a disorder makes them nothingor less than a biological phenomenon with the result of fewer stigmatizing outcomes in spite of the fact that the word disorder points to that phenomenon as abnormal I know the president of Bi Ireland very well, and she has said to me that bi is her preference against bisexual because of the SEXY SEXY MMM SWEATY SEX SEX nature of the word Lesbian and gay are words that don t immediately bring sex to mind, but identity Bi can achieve the same She is hardly a person to be ashamed of her identity, and so those intersex people who are part of the community yet dislike the word intersex to define their condition probably aren t ashamed of themselves either.Well meaning scalpel wieldersAny overview of the aims of intersex advocacy won t be all about words.Davis position as a woman with CAIS the most common intersex condition, which I ll crudely summarise as XY embryo cannot respond to male hormones and so develops as female, but lacks a female reproductive system and has undescended testes gave her access to several dozen intersex interviewees and to 10 doctors expert in the intersex field.It s a little scary Experts these days seem to genuinely want to do the very best they can for a baby born with ambiguous sex presentation It s no longer the norm to cruelly sacrifice sexual function for the sake of appearance, nor to assign female sex and gender to the baby because it s easier to dig a hole than build a pole Yet the desire to normalise seems to be paramount to the point where they do harm babies and children.Issues that recur include unnecessary intervention in the case of hypospadias, where a baby pees out the bottom rather than the end of its penis clitoris penis Experts tend to recommend that the baby be assigned the male sex and gender and surgery be performed to lengthen the urethra and create a new opening at the end of the penis But what if the guess is wrong Dr F describes a case of pressure The mother is concerned that if she does that the child may later in life reject that, or may want to change to a female sex of rearing, and will have gone through that surgery unnecessarily So the mother is disinclined to do any surgery, and the surgeon is trying to hint her in the direction of doing surgery What s wrong with sitting down There s nothing physically wrong with sitting down to urinate Dr C is unashamed about his attitude to urethral lengthening, speaking of a father he encountered who didn t want his child to undergo the procedure And the father said Well, in our family we celebrate our differences and not try to all be the same and feel the social pressure to do everything like everyone else does I said, I do have to say one thing, and I think it s of key importance, that you both see a psychiatrist The norm is for experts of different disciplines to get together and then present their conclusions to the parents as the result of several second opinions The problem is that the parents know nothing of the debate only the outcome Davis was invited to attend such meetings, and reports significant uncertainty about treatment options being raised And the pressure is immense Additionally, the experts may not take all issues into account Davis cities a 2013 study by biomedical ethicist J rg Streuli The subjects who watched the medicalized video werelikely to opt for surgery on their child than those who watched the demedicalised video.Davis s Rejection of Gender Essentialism She Contradicts HerselfHere s my problem All throughout the book, Davis criticises doctors, parents and even some fellow intersex people for believing that physical traits can be a guide to assignation of sex and gender In the final chapter, she finally claims outright Genitalia is not predictive of gender performance This is clearly wrong A New York Times article published a year after the publication of Contesting Intersex reported that the estimate of transgender population in the USA had doubled to a whopping 0.6% of the population Even the genitalia of intersex individuals can be a guide She states herself AISSG USA was formed as a support group for those with AIS, the majority of whom are assigned female at birth and identify as women throughout their lives.Even if Davis had not contradicted herself, one wonders how on earth are these doctors supposed to give an opinion and parents to make a decision if the reproductive system of a tiny baby is no guide to its gender identity Wait until it s a few years old That s certainly not a possibility in our society And Davis never gives a hint of her preferred outcome if genitalia is truly no guide.It is truly a shame that Davis undercuts herself here, because the truths that she reveals are appalling Parents are lied to about the incidence of cancer risks linked to undescended testes in CAIS girls, and agree to unnecessary surgeries later in childhood even though removing these typically invisible testes results in the child needing to take hormone replacement pills for life.Fascinating Fact about John MoneyNo book that covers medical intervention in sex assignment could ignore the tragic John Joan case, where a 22 month old boy whose penis had been entirely destroyed in a botched circumcision was surgically given female genitalia on the recommendation of John Money in the 1970s The boy was one of identical twins, and the opportunity for proof of Money s theory that gender was irrelevant to birth sex was unmissable Money released regular lies on Joan s progress, and was exposed by David Reimer, Joan himself, who later committed suicide.I had heard the sad story multiple times, first through a documentary many years ago, but Davis provides the information vide Katrina Karkazis, Fixing Sex Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience that a similar case existed where the child, at the age of 26, had a female gender identity i.e that Money s theory had been supported in this instance Davis doesn t explicitly draw the conclusion that the age of reassignment, at 7 months rather than 22, granting the child a far longer span of development at the newly assigned gender, might have something to do with it But it s the obvious difference.I wish Davis had drawn on this to support her thesis that genitalia isn t a predictor of gender Yet, even if it were completely true, and even if that is the reason why CAIS women usually identify as women wouldn t it then suggest that parents just raise their intersex child in whatever gender they feel like, on the basis that nurture is all that matters She shies away from her own implications.What About the Poor People Davis was unable to find any interviewees who weren t affluent It s hard to find and join support organisations if you re poor What happens to the silent people with intersex conditions In the USA, which is where Davis writes about, they certainly won t be getting expert advice, whether good or bad We can at least know that as the world becomesconnected, it will become easier and easier for a furtive Google about a weirdly shaped Down There to lead to understanding and support.A Happy Update at the end of a Very Long Review23 year old Pidgeon had a particularly bad experience with surgery My clitoris is gone My vagina looks really fucked up There s scar tissue there and penetration hurts As at publication, Pidgeon had just been made president of interACT, an advocacy organisation for intersex youth, and when I Googled, they were going strong on Twitter pidgejen.An enlightening book

  2. says:

    In Contesting Intersex, Georgiann Davis examines how intersex is defined, experienced, and contested in contemporary US society She argues that power rests in diagnostic labels, tracing the emergence of the disorder of sexual development DSD nomenclature when referring to intersex individuals Davis relies on gender structure theory see Risman 1998 to argue that intersex is a problem because it disrupts the traditional gender order and the ideology of gender, sex, and sexuality as binarie In Contesting Intersex, Georgiann Davis examines how intersex is defined, experienced, and contested in contemporary US society She argues that power rests in diagnostic labels, tracing the emergence of the disorder of sexual development DSD nomenclature when referring to intersex individuals Davis relies on gender structure theory see Risman 1998 to argue that intersex is a problem because it disrupts the traditional gender order and the ideology of gender, sex, and sexuality as binaries An interesting read for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of gender

  3. says:

    Preferred intersex stories and experiences from Australia , as it hadintersex stories and views rather than mainly the author and their friends as seen in this book I think this book was good but there is so much personal experience in this area we lose something sometimes in discouraging needed broader studies and outside voices.

  4. says:

    Great book even better knowing that I m learning from the author of this book Gives you a perceptive about intersex and gender that is very really seen unless learned from in a college setting

  5. says:

    Interesting theoretical frameworks, great information for someone who knew very little about intersex traits, pretty repetitive

  6. says:

    I read Contesting Intersex for my Sociology of Gender class Having next to no prior knowledge regarding intersex individuals and the intersex community, this text supplied myself and my class with athan adequate representation of what intersex DSD is Also, my class was lucky enough to have a video lecture with Davis, which furthered my admiration for her and the progress of the direction she is pushing wide spread intersex advocacy.

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