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Am I my brain or my genitals? A nature-culture controversy in the hermaphrodite debate from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s.
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PMID:  22303774     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The groundbreaking and prophetic rhetoric of neuroscience has recently highlighted the fetal brain as the most promising organ for understanding why transsexuals feel "trapped in the wrong body", and for predicting whether children born with "ambiguous" genitalia will grow up to feel like a man or a woman.This article proposes a recent history of the cerebralization of intersexuality and of transsexuality as atypical neurodevelopmental conditions. It examines the ways in which the organizational theory of brain sex differentiation developed in the late 1950s in behavioral neuroendocrinology has gained increased prominence in and through controversies over best practice issues in the case management of intersex newborns, and the etiology of transsexuality.It focuses on the American context and on the leading warrior in this battle: Milton Diamond, now a most prominent figure in professional debates about the clinical management of intersexuality, and the intersex person's best friend. Persons with an intersexed or transsexual condition consider, not their gonads, but their brains, their core sense of self, as the primary determinant of sex. (Diamond and Beh 2005, 6-7, note 1)
Cynthia Kraus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gesnerus     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0016-9161     ISO Abbreviation:  Gesnerus     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1257130     Medline TA:  Gesnerus     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-106     Citation Subset:  IM; QIS    
Institute of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne,CH-1015 Lausanne.
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