Uden for kategori - et speciale om praksis for behandling af atypisk kønsudvikling i det danske sundhedssystem

Ingeborg Bock Grønlykke & Peter Raunkjær Christensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale

Abstrakt

The master thesis, Udenfor kategori – et speciale om praksis for behandling af atypisk kønsudvikling i det danske sundhedssystem examines how concepts of sex, gender and body shapes the Danish medical treatment of children born with atypical sex characterestics an intersex condition, also called disorder of sex development. With a theoretical framework on gender where Dorte Marie Søndergaard and Judith Butler's theories constitute the primary sources of inspiration, answers to the question is seeked through interviews with healthcare professionals with expertise in treatment of babies with atypical sexcharacteristics. With a crip theoretical perspective, inspired by Robert McRuer and Abby L. Wilkerson, the articulations from the health care professionals are analysed in order to find cultural discourses of sex, gender and bodily functions. It becomes visible how some of these discourses are compliant to dominant ideas of sex, gender and body, but also that some represents alternative discourses. These counter-discourses challenge the current Danish medical practice. It is concluded that an expectation of cultural gendered recognition, is prioritised and seen as more important than the physical and mental risks associated with the medical practice. Based on the expectation of cultural gendered recognition, as an idealised concept of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ bodies and identities, the health care professionals perform genital corrective surgery on infants. The medical practice reflects an expectation of a specific gender behavior, a particular form of sexual behavior and object of desire. It is concluded that the health care professionals are unaware of how their perceptions of cultural norms of gender, sex and body on one side, and on the other side nature/biology, is used to legitimize their practices. In the thesis the health care professionals are encouraged to work interdisciplinary in developing future medical practices, as it is argued that different perspectives on science and knowledge contributes to creating more reflective and transparent medical practices. In the last chapter a short comparative study is presented, which compares the examined medical practice with religious/cultural circumcision of children.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
SprogDansk
Udgivelsesdato30 mar. 2015
VejledereKirsten Hvenegård-Lassen

Emneord

  • Intersex
  • Atypisk kønsudvikling
  • DSD
  • Hermafrodisme
  • Tvekønnethed
  • Interkøn