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Intersex and Identity: the Contested Selfby Sharon E. Preves
Synopses & Reviews
Approximately one in every two thousand infants born in the United States each year is sexually ambiguous in such a way that doctors cannot immediately determine the child?s sex. Some children?s chromosomal sexuality contradicts their sexual characteristics. Others have the physical traits of both sexes, or of neither.
Drawing upon life history interviews with adults who were treated for intersexuality as children, Sharon E. Preves explores how such individuals experience and cope with being labeled sexual deviants in a society that demands sexual conformity. By demonstrating how intersexed people manage and create their own identities, often in conflict with their medical diagnosis, Preves argues that medical intervention into intersexuality often creates, rather than mitigates, the stigma these people suffer.
"In Intersex and Identity Preves has produced the most up-to-date, comprehensive account available of what it is like to grow up and live with a body that isn't simply male or female. This work is compassionate, intelligent, and beautifully written, and promises to be well read and highly valued." Alice Dreger, Ph.D., author of Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex
"Sharon Preves's analysis of her interviews with adult intersexuals illuminates the power of the coming out process in transforming stigma into pride. This book is an invaluable resource in the ongoing discourse on the clinical management of intersexuality." Walter Bockting, assistant professor of human sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School
Examines how intersexed individuals negotiate identity in a dual gendered culture
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-206) and index.
About the Author
Sharon E. Preves is an assistant professor of sociology at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Beyond pink and blue — Medical sex assignment — Stigma, secrecy, and shame — Seeds of change — Intersex pride — Implications of intersex mobilization — Methodological appendix.
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