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"Ambiguous sex"--or ambivalent medicine? Ethical issues in the treatment of intersexuality.
  • A. Dreger
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Hastings Center report
  • 6 May 1998
The evidence seems overwhelming that normal humans are not psychosocially neutral at birth but are, in keeping with their mammalian heritage, predisposed and biased to interact with environmental, familial, and social forces in either a male or female mode. Expand
Hermaphrodites and the medical invention of sex
This text explores encounters between hermaphrodites - people born with "ambigious" sexual anatomy - and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses onExpand
Progress and Politics in the Intersex Rights Movement: Feminist Theory in Action
Since 1990, when Suzanne Kessler published her foundational feminist critique of the modern-day medical treatment of children with intersex, much has changed in intersex politics, practice, andExpand
The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex in the Internet Age
  • A. Dreger
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Archives of sexual behavior
  • 23 April 2008
This essay provides a thorough exegesis of the book’s treatment of transsexuality and includes a comprehensive investigation of the merit of the charges made against Bailey that he had behaved unethically, immorally, and illegally in the production of his book. Expand
Intersex in the age of ethics
Changing the Nomenclature/Taxonomy for Intersex: A Scientific and Clinical Rationale
We explain here why the standard division of many intersex types into true hermaphroditism, male pseudohermaphroditism, and female pseudohermaphroditism is scientifically specious and clinicallyExpand
Health care professionals and intersex conditions.
This commentary reflects the deliberations of the group, which concluded that none of the appearance-altering surgeries need to be performed quickly; families with children with intersex conditions require multidisciplinary care; families and health care professionals will benefit from rigorous longitudinal studies. Expand
The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy
Shankman’s masterful account of anthropologist Derek Freeman’s‘‘trashing ofMargaretMead’’amounts to everything you really want in a history of an alleged scientific controversy: it is scholarly,Expand