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Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
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Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling | Basic Books
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In this brilliant and provocative book, the acclaimed author of Myths of Gender argues that even the most fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced. Drawing on astonishing real-life cases and a probing analysis of centuries of scientific research, Fausto-Sterling demonstrates how scientists have historically politicized the body.
Books referenced in The Philosophy of Autism 9. While the standard model says that sex is biologically determined, Fausto-Sterling challenges this by stating "From the sum total of hermaphroditic evidence, the conclusion that emerges is that sexual behavior and orientation as male or female does not have an innate, instinctive basis.
Oftentimes, doctors decide the sex of an intersex infant immediately after birth. Doctors choose the sex based on what they believe a male or a female should look like.
Chapter 4 Should There Be Only Two Sexes?
In essence, society decides what is male or female. Fausto-Sterling portrays how our society puts a great deal of trust in doctors because they are seen as the experts and those who decide what nature tells us. Doctors for decades past have felt the need to immediately "correct" intersex children after birth.
They declare a state of medical emergency.
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According to current treatment standards, there is no time to waste in quiet reflection or open-ended consultations with the parents". Fausto-Sterling mentions that "no masculine women or effeminate men need apply. Doctors and parents might have insisted that they were female, removed their testes, injected them with estrogen, and surgically provided them with a vagina, but still, they knew they were really males".
These types of people do not properly fit the sexual dimorphism so a more acceptable categorization would be the alternative model.