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Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience

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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)
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Elevate Difference
Jan 11, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it really liked it
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
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Myth
Oct 30, 2010 Myth rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, research
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
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Aaron
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
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Stacey
Jun 20, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing
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
Beth
Oct 24, 2009 Beth rated it liked it
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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.
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Apr 08, 2013 Chris Ma rated it really liked it
Informative, comprehensive and with a critical perspective that's well-argued.
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