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gender_medicine - Mike Feldstein Medicine's Necessity for...

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Mike Feldstein Medicine’s Necessity for Gender Constantly evolving medical techniques can have profound impacts on standards that exist within a society. Specifically, advances in genital surgery and hormone therapy have led to rigorous requirements in differentiating males and females. As visible in the medical transformations of transsexuals and newborns with ambiguous sexual characteristics, this medicalization expresses and enforces our society’s entrenched requirement for an exacting division of gender. Birth defects causing poorly differentiated or underdeveloped genitalia produce the ultimate dilemma in gender declaration. With the modern accuracy of genetic technology, one would assume that the presence of XX or XY chromosomes should resolve the predicament of pink or blue. But in the case of genetic male newborns with malformed genitals, anatomy decides which gender the surgeon will install (Fausto- Sterling 57). The physician compares the phallus to expert-defined standards, and if the
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2008 for the course SOCI 104 taught by Professor Schippers during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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