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