Dept of Women’s & Gender Studies...: Elizabeth Reis: Bodies in Doubt

Prof. Elizabeth Reis, PhD (Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon) will discuss her book, "Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), which answers the question: what are the origins and implications of today’s medical management of intersex?

When Mar 21, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Hyde Hall, University Room
Contact Name Megan Goodwin
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Dr. Reis will explore the changing definitions and perceptions of alleged hermaphrodites (a term used historically) from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century, when so-called corrective genital surgery became routine in this country. As the history of responses to intersex bodies has shown, doctors have been and continue to be influenced by the worries and anxieties of the larger society, particularly concerning marriage and homosexuality, thereby rendering any medical management a cultural, rather than simply a scientific, endeavor.

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