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At home with Down syndrome and gender.
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PMID:  14682339     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
I argue that there is an important analogy between sex selection and selective abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome. There are surprising parallels between the social construction of Down syndrome as a disability and the deeply entrenched institutionalization of sexual difference in many societies. Prevailing concepts of gender and mental retardation exert a powerful influence in constructing the sexual identities and life plans of people with Down syndrome, and also affect their families' lives.
Sophia Isako Wong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hypatia     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0887-5367     ISO Abbreviation:  Hypatia     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-18     Completed Date:  2004-02-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100971977     Medline TA:  Hypatia     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-117     Citation Subset:  E    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Eugenic* / ethics
Down Syndrome*
Gender Identity
Prenatal Diagnosis
Quality of Life
Sex Preselection* / ethics
Sexual Behavior
Value of Life

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