Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience” as Want to Read:
Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
What happens when a baby is born with “ambiguous” genitalia or a combination of “male” and “female” body parts? Clinicians and parents in these situations are confronted with complicated questions such as whether a girl can have XY chromosomes, or whether some penises are “too small” for a male sex assignment. Since the 1950s, standard treatment has involved determining a ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Duke University Press Books (first published October 21st 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fixing Sex, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Fixing Sex

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 219)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Elevate Difference
For most parents, the first question asked after the birth of their child – “Is it a boy or a girl?" – is a straightforward one. For parents of children born with chromosomes, organs, and/or genitalia that do not fit neatly within the common conceptions of either maleness or femaleness, this seemingly simple question can become a source of extreme anxiety and mark the beginning of a long and complex journey filled with difficult decisions.

In Fixing Sex, Katrina A. Karkazis draws on the experienc
This wasn't in my list of books to read, but it came up when searching for other in regards to Intersex. I was surprise to find that this within the range of topics I was looking for. Fixing Sex takes a critical look at how we treat Intersex individuals and what influence our culture and society has on the medical arena.

Karkazis did a great deal of research. Despite the side Karkazis takes, she provides a lot of details and research in her book. She focuses on the medical treatment of intersexe
Thoroughly researched. Objectively critiqued. Well-written and highly (and properly) contextualized.

Karkazis documents the competing structuring of identity politics of intersex-diagnosed individuals through multiple lenses, most significantly that of physicians. The voice of physicians/clinicians is easy to ignore or overlook, because many of them refuse to go on the record. However, Karkazis gives many of them a chance to voice their thoughts on past, current, and future reflections of sex dia
This is a fabulous book that takes a critical look at the intersection of medical & authoritative discourse about gender, technology, even psychology with the experiences and interpretations of those with intersex diagnoses and their families. The book does drag at times, getting almost bogged down in details about medical diagnoses and procedures, but ultimately, this is because Karkazis covers so much ground and has do much to catch us up on. While the book is a fascinating treatment of ge ...more
Interesting examination of clinical approaches to intersexed individuals, as well as the experiences of parents and patients. I wish she had included more individual stories, but given that her goal was to produce an overview, she has given future researchers a great foundation to build on.
Chris Ma
Informative, comprehensive and with a critical perspective that's well-argued.
Jun 11, 2012 Gaia added it
Ce l'hai crocetti?
Colleen marked it as to-read
May 01, 2015
Holland marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Julia marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2015
Octo marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2015
Rebecca Luke
Rebecca Luke marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2015
Ami marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2015
Janean Daniels
Janean Daniels marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2015
Robert Maultz
Robert Maultz marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2015
Alexia marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2015
Dhai marked it as to-read
Feb 15, 2015
Bugamok marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Petra marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2015
Kitty Anderson
Kitty Anderson marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2015
Michelle Ruedin
Michelle Ruedin marked it as to-read
Jan 19, 2015
K.O. marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2015
Zloki marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Kaje Harper
Kaje Harper marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2015
Mike added it
Mar 20, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes
  • Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America
  • Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking
  • Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud
  • Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex
  • The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction
  • How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States
  • The Transgender Studies Reader
  • Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era
  • Feminist, Queer, Crip
  • Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader
  • God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality
  • The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England
  • Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
  • The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America
  • Cruel Optimism
  • Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History
  • Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience

Share This Book

“Bodies are not only biological phenomena but also complex social creations onto which meanings have been variously composed and imposed according to time and space.” 0 likes
More quotes…