Intersex Embodiment

Legal Frameworks Beyond Identity and Disorder

By Fae Garland and Mitchell Travis

Published

Nov 22, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529217377

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 22, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529217384

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Intersex Embodiment

This book examines the divergent medical, political and legal constructions of intersex. The authors use empirical data to explore how intersex people are embodied through these frameworks which in turn influence their lived experiences.

Through their analysis, the authors reveal the factors that motivate and influence the way in which policy makers and legislators approach the area of intersex rights. They reflect on the limitations of law as the primary vehicle in challenging healthcare’s framing of intersex as a ‘disorder’ in need of fixing. Finally, they offer a more holistic account of intersex justice which is underpinned by psychosocial support and bodily integrity.

Fae Garland is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.

Mitchell Travis is an Associate Professor in Law and Social Justice in the School of Law at the University of Leeds.

1. Introduction

2. Medical Embodiment: Intersex as Disorder

3. Intersex Non-Binary Embodiment: Intersex and Third Gender Markers

4. LGBT Embodiment: Queerness, Homonormativity and Anti-Discrimination Law

5. Engaging with Intersex Experience: Can Law Disrupt Medical Embodiment?

6. Intersex as Acceptance and Emergence: Can Psychosocial Frameworks Disrupt Medical Embodiment?

7. Conclusion: Intersex Embodiment