Intersex and After

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Intersex and After
Journal Issue Volume 15, Number 2 Published: 2009 An issue of GLQ
Special Issue Editor: Iain Morland
In this special issue of GLQ, experts from a variety of disciplines discuss the future of treatment for people with intersex conditions—those born with ambiguous genitalia—and consider what intersexuality means for theories of gender. By examining the ethics of medical treatment and the repercussions of intersex surgery, “Intersex and After” demonstrates how biology, activism, law, morality, and ethics have a shared interest in the relationship between intersexuality and the meaning of sex, gender, and sexuality.

In one essay, two prominent intersex activists reflect on their often controversial work on behalf of the Intersex Society of North America to achieve change in medical policy over the last ten years. Other essays explore the impact of the categorization of intersexuality as a “disorder of sex development” and of the treatment guidelines published in 2006 by the Consortium on the Management of Disorders of Sex Development. An essay by the issue’s guest editor takes a comprehensive look at the relationship between intersexuality and the study of gender and sexuality. The issue also includes a portfolio of photographs as well as a roundtable discussion that brings together intersex experts from medicine, law, psychology, and the humanities.

Contributors. Sarah M. Creighton, Alice D. Dreger, Ellen K. Feder, Julie A. Greenberg, April Herndon, Iain Morland, Katrina Roen, Vernon A. Rosario, Nikki Sullivan, Del LaGrace Volcano


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1. Introduction: Lessons from the Octopus—Iain Morland

2. Progress and Politics in the Intersex Rights Movement: Feminist Theory in Action—Alice D. Dreger and April M. Herndon

3. Imperatives of Normality: From "Intersex" to "Disorders of Sex Development"—Ellen K. Feder

4. Intersex Practice, Theory, and Activism: A Roundtable Discussion—Sarah M. Creighton, Julie A. Greenberg, Katrina Roen, and Del Lagrace Volcano

5. The Herm Portfolio—Del Lagrace Volcano

6. Quantum Sex: Intersex and the Molecular Deconstruction of Sex—Vernon A. Rosario

7. What Can Queer Theory Do for Intersex?—Iain Morland

Book Review

8. The Somatechnics of Intersexuality—Nikki Sullivan

Books in Brief

9. What do Gay Men Want? An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity—David Kurnick

10. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History—Michael D. Snediker

11. Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience—Laura Briggs

12. Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America—Molly McGarry

13. Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900—Howard H. Chiang

14. Allegory and Sexual Ethics in the High Middle Ages—Anna Klosowska

15. Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire—Jill H. Casid

16. The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense—Stacy I. Macías

17. Melancholia's Dog: Reflections on our Animal Kinship—Christopher Peterson

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6705-5