701-10-rgmw - READING GUIDE I Biology vs. Culture Reading...

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READING GUIDE I Biology vs. Culture Reading Response for Wednesday, September 1: Both authors maintain that our current ideology of sexual dimorphism (male/female-homo/hetero) does not represent the “facts” of human biology or culture, yet our society insists on maintaining it; why do we go to such great lengths to preserve an apparent illusion (delusion)? Anne Fausto-Sterling, “The Five Sexes, Revisited 1. Why is performing immediate, “corrective” surgery on infants born with “ambiguous genitalia” standard procedure? What sorts of questions/issues are raised by this prac- tice? Why is treatment centered on psychological counseling now favored? 2. How might we account for the diametrically opposed reactions (175) to the idea of “five sexes”? 3. On page 176, the author relates that when only the chromosomes indicate sexual ambiguity, but the external genitalia clearly indicate male or female, no intervention is necessary; however, when the reverse is true, intervention is standard procedure; what is the significance of this difference? what does this mean for biologically assigned gender? What is the significance of physicians assigning a sex to intersexual infants (178)? 4. On page 178, the author cites McCullough in putting forth the idea that “intersexuality should be defined as normal.” What would such a shift in perspective change? 5. What is the meaning and significance of the author’s assertion that sex and gender are not a continuum, but “are best conceptualized as points in a multidimensional space.” (179)? 6.
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