Dr. Limor Meoded-Danon: Discipline intersexed bodies: contemporary medical treatment practices on intersexed bodies in Israel and Germany

Dr. Limor Meoded-Danon: Discipline intersexed bodies: contemporary medical treatment practices on intersexed bodies in Israel and Germany
Activity Date: 
Monday, Nov 14, 2016

In this colloquium I compared the medical treatment practices on intersexed bodies in Israel and Germany. How does the new law registration (which enable leaving the sex/gender category of intersexed babies’ birth certificate empty) affect treatment practices regarding intersexed bodies? Does an empty category broaden sex/gender boundaries? Is Germany the polar opposite of Israel in terms of the way in which intersexed bodies are revealed and publicly known there as opposed to the secrecy that surrounds intersexed bodies/people- and the attempt to conceal them in Israel? Using the ‘MinGuf process’ as analytical and theoretical frame I focus on themes which describe forces that promoting change in treatment policy, including Intersexed groups activism in Germany, sustaining genital cosmetic surgeries for intersexed babies and psychological support for parents; And forces that preserving the existing policies order, secrecy surrounding intersex bodies in Israel and in many places in Germany, conflicts with parents’ different socio-cultural backgrounds and points of views andlack of knowledge and awareness on different sexual development-beyond male/female bodily dimorphism. Respondents: Nitzan Rothem and Orit Gazit