Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis


      Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
When 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 treatment.In 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 1990s 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. Free Download Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis author Georgiann Davis For Kindle ePUB or eBook – tbjewellers.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
  • Georgiann Davis
  • 23 November 2019
  • 1479887048

10 thoughts on “ Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis

  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 Any book whose sole image on the front and spine is a scalpel is attention grabbing Yet Contesting Intersex is an exploration of th...

  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 In Contesting Intersex, Georgiann Davis examines how interse...

  3. 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

  4. says:

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

  5. 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 w...

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