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Lecture 5

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Lecture on the stigmatization that follows sex corrective surgery
Sociology of Gender
Abigail Saguy
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Date Created: 10/06/16
    10/6/16  ● Is   ssigning     ex category    ptional   ○ In today’s   lecture  the  professor   demonstrates   how   determining  one’s   gender  is  entirely  a social  process   used   to maintain   the  well  being  of the  institutions  surrounding       hild.   ■ Ex­swedish   family  keeps   the sex  of  the baby   a secret   and  many   respond  angrily  ■ Transgender   and  intersex   audience   respond   more   positively  ● What  happens   when  the  biological   sex  is ambiguous?  ○ Androgen   insensitivity  syndrome  ■ Also   known   as    IS, a   ondition  i  which     child  is born  genetically     ale  (has  one   X and   one  Y  chromosome)   but  isresistant   to male   hormones:  androgens)  . As  a result,  the body  does   not  process  testosterone     nd  therefore   does   not  develop   a  penis.   Thus,  the  child,  with the  phenotypical   characteristics  of a  female,   grows   up  as  a woman   but  fails  to to have   any  female   related  symptoms   during  puberty→   found   to have  testes  within  the  body  ■ In other  words,  the  person  has   some  or  allof the  physical   traits of a  woman,   but the    enetic    akeup   of   man  ○ Preves  ■ Finds   that intersexed   patients   who  are  forced   to undergo   surgery  to have  their genitalia   corrected   feel strong   senses   of shame   and  stigmatization;  not  necessarily   bc of the  actual  surgery   per se  but  bc  they  became  the  objects   for medical   interest  (they  basically   became   instruments)  ■ Medicalization­  the  process    hrough     hich  conditions   come     efined    nd  treated   as medical   issues   ● Medical   professionals   are  defined   as proper  experts  and   other  experts     re devalued  ■ How  are  these   concepts   related  to intersex?  ● Symbolic  Interactionism  ○ How  the  meaning   of the  self and  situation  is created  through  social   interaction  ● Labeling  theory  ○ The   social  expectations   that  are  imposed   on  an  individual  become   internalized   by  that same   individual,  causing  those     xpectations   to   e fulfilled (self­fulfilled  prophecy/stigma  affects   he  individual’s   behavior)   ○ “Deviant  behavior   is not inherent  to a  person   but  is defined  through  social  interaction”  ■ The   missing   vagina   monologue  ● The   stigmatization   that follows  the  author’s   surgery   is due  to  the  need        aving  to be   ixed­not   from    eing    orn without     vagina   ○ Inverting   stigma   through   social  movements   ■ Collective   strategies   help  reduce  the  feelings   of stigma       10/6/16   


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