7 - Transsexuals The Construction of a Sexual Minority...

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Transsexuals The Construction of a Sexual Minority
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Norman Haire, MD 1950 “From time to time one reads sensational reports in the newspapers of persons who are alleged to have had their sex-changed, usually by operation. And, whenever this occurs, well- known sexologists usually receive a spate of letters from persons who have read the newspaper reports and who write, asking for the operation to be carried out on themselves.” Richard Ekins and Dave King, The Transgender Phenomenon (2006)
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AnteJorgensen Jorgensen was not the first person to undergo the bodily substitution made possible by the developments in endocrinology and plastic surgery that had occurred since WWI. 16 cases reported in the medical literature before1953 of men who had obtained some form of surgery. All 16 had been castrated, seven had penectomies; in six cases neo-vaginas had been created (two in 1931, one in 1947, two in 1950, and one in 1952). However what distinguished Jorgensen from her forbears was her orchestration of publicity—largely favorable—on her return home from Denmark.
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Tales of Dissent The medical profession—Paul McHugh Religious belief Feminists—Janice Raymond
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Gender: An Essential Concept The development of certain medical technologies made the advent of transsexualism possible; an essential corollary argument is that these technologies also made possible the contemporary use of the word ‘gender.’ As endocrinology & plastic surgery developed, doctors could be more active in their treatment of intersexual subjects; clinicians could intervene at the level of anatomy &
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