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You ain't woman enough: tracing the policing of intersexuality in sports and the clinic

Garces De Marcilla Muste, Mireia ORCID: 0000-0002-5215-2271 (2022) You ain't woman enough: tracing the policing of intersexuality in sports and the clinic. Social and Legal Studies, 31 (6). pp. 847-870. ISSN 0964-6639

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This article traces the continuities and discontinuities in the history of sporting and clinical rules concerning intersexuality. Through the parallel investigation of how intersexual bodies have been monitored, examined, and modified in the sporting and medical worlds, I argue that neither of them have ‘progressed’ to become more ‘respectful’ or ‘inclusive’. Rather, changes in the management of intersexuality in both areas consist in different iterations of a pervasive conceptualisation of bodies as dichotomously gendered. I contend that medical and sporting bodies’ supposedly ‘scientific’ search to ‘determine’ gender not only is a failed endeavour, given the contradictory gender ‘markers’ that have been ‘discovered’ and enforced on bodies, but also constitutes an attempt, disguised through discourses of health and fairness, to render intersexuality a problematic form of embodiment.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 17:27
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 21:06

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