Medicine and Its Objects presents…
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 4:30-6:00 PM
(PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)
CHANGING OUR BODIES AND
CHANGING OUR SELVES:
BODILY INTERVENTIONS, YOUTH FUTURES AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF GENDER
with opening comments by
(PhD Student, Sociology)
Abstract: Puberty suppression and other hormonal treatments for gender expansive youth are intensely anticipatory, or built upon the power of a future expected, imagined, and used to guide medical practice (Adams, Murphy, and Clarke 2009). For young people looking to access gender specific medical care, the anticipation of biological development at odds with their sense of gender identity amplifies the sense of urgency in, and the ethical stakes of, receiving biomedical treatments. This paper looks at emergent tensions between the increased utilization of biomedical services targeting gender and the simultaneous rise of ideological commitments to conceptualizing gender as detached from the body. Starting with the experiences of gender expansive youth participating in a social support group in the Midwest, I explore how ideas of gender, body, and self, structure how interventions emerge and are taken up presently, as well as imagined to impact individual and collective futures.
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