How the Clinic Made Gender with Sandra Eder

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Please join us for Transpositive on KBOO Community Radio on Tuesday, December 20th as we speak with Sandra Eder, author of the new book, “How the Clinic Made Gender” available at University of Chicago Press. 

Sandra Eder shows how the concept of gender transformed from a pragmatic tool in the sex assignment of children with intersex traits in the 1950s to an essential category in clinics for transgender individuals in the 1960s. Following gender outside the clinic, she reconstructs the variable ways feminists integrated gender into their theories and practices in the 1970s. The process by which ideas about gender became medicalized, enforced, and popularized was messy, and the route by which gender came to be understood and applied through the treatment of patients with intersex traits was fraught and contested. In historicizing the emergence of the sex/gender binary, Eder reveals the role of medical practice in developing a transformative idea and the interdependence between practice and wider social norms that inform the attitudes of physicians and researchers. She shows that ideas like gender can take on a life of their own and may be used to question the normative perceptions they were based on. Illuminating and deeply researched, the book closes a notable gap in the history of gender and will inspire current debates on the relationship between social norms and medical practice. 

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Sandra Eder: https://history.berkeley.edu/sandra-eder

How the Clinic Made Gender: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo156724705.html

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