Sexing the Intersexed: An Analysis of Sociocultural Responses to Intersexuality

@article{Preves2002SexingTI,
  title={Sexing the Intersexed: An Analysis of Sociocultural Responses to Intersexuality},
  author={Sharon E. Preves},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  year={2002},
  volume={27},
  pages={523 - 556}
}
  • S. Preves
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Psychology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
explore here the social construction of gender in North America through an analysis of contemporary and historical responses to infants who are born genitally ambiguous, or intersexed (hermaphroditic).' Bodies that are sexually ambiguous challenge prevailing binary understandings of sex and gender. Individuals who are intersexed have bodies that are quite literally queer or "culturally unintelligible" (Butler 1993, 2). That is, their bodies do not conform to an overarching and largely… Expand
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