Intersexede kroppe - En beskrivelse af praksis for behandlingen af personer med intersex tilstande i Danmark

Anna Merrild Madsen, Ingeborg Bock Grønlykke & Sofia Kjær

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project sets out to examine the rationales for the Danish medical practice regarding the treatment of people with intersex conditions. This is done through a detailed insight into set medical practice, as well as an evaluation of the guidelines regarding the practice. Furthermore, the practice for people with intersex conditions is studied in order to investigate, how it navigates in relation to a gender binary. In order to give a nuanced depiction of the field, the project provides a genealogical review of the field in an international aspect as well as an insight into the Danish medical practice. By utilizing a theoretical framework provided by Michel Foucualt, Judith Butler and Dorte Marie Søndergaard, whom all concern their theories on the subject of gender in a social constructionist field, an analysis of these rationales is conducted in a gender theoretical perspective. Thoughout the analysis of this project, three main rationales are determined as a basis for the Danish medical practice regarding the treatment of people with intersex conditions, namely; the rationale of the social and biological sex, the rationale of the recognizable gender and the rationale of the heterosexual quality of life. An additional dimension is drawn upon in order to be able to discuss these rationales and the Danish medical practice, since the scientific research from other countries provide different approaches to, and recommendations for, the field regarding treatment or non-treatment of people with intersex conditions. By using a gender theoretical apparatus and the aforementioned rationales, the project provides a study and discussion of how the Danish medical practice and the related guidelines navigate in relation to a gender binary. Finally, the project concludes how the investigated practice arranges itself into a gender binary, as well as the medical science and the surrounding world mutually constitute this binary. A successful surgery concerning sex-regulation is measured on parameters where the ideal is a heterosexual and mono-gendered behavior. In a further discussion, another theoretical advancement to the field is drawn upon with the gender theorist and physician Karen Barad, whose theoretical thoughts provide an analysis of how the intersexed body is able to ‘kick back’ after a sex-regulative surgery, instead of accepting cultivation.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 dec. 2011
VejledereLene Bull Christiansen


  • intersex
  • praksis