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By S. Horlacher

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ISBN-13: 9781137015877

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An in-depth research into the development of male id in addition to a special and accomplished old review of ways masculinity has been developed in British literature from the center a while to the present. This book is a vital contribution to the rising box of masculinity stories.

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The knowledge that defines biological gender is, moreover, no longer available to the untrained eye as it had been two to three centuries earlier: a medical apparatus institutionalizes for itself an increasingly powerful role in determining biological sex, and in normalizing gender dimorphism. But at the same time, the objective of surgical and therapeutic correction is precisely that the body looks normal to this same untrained eye. The objective here is to normalize the body's appearance. The standards by which decisions about 'correction' are judged are whether the body in question can appear unambiguously as one of two biological sexes and whether it appears to be a body that will be able to perform heterosexual intercourse.

On the one hand, then, we have a set of medical practitioners who insist that gender is alterable, 'socially constructed'; on the other hand, we have a set of practitioners who believe that John was always naturally, essentially male and that Money's effort to transform him into a female represents an injurious violation of some kind ofinternal gender truth. Both sets of physicians assumed that there is something called 'normal gender' that is the proper medical objective to be achieved. In both cases, there is a medical apparatus that quite literally, physically imposes certain normalized 'knowledges' of gender, an imposition we can understand in terms Foucault provides.

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