Lecture: "Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: "Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People"

February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Alice Dreger, PhD, Visiting Professor in Bioethics and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh

The intersex patient rights movement has been in existence for about thirty years. What have been the goals, and what has actually been achieved? Why has reaching those goals been so difficult, even when what is being sought—age-appropriate, honest information about medical histories; obtaining patients’ consent before optional sexual surgeries; meaningful psycho-social care—seems so reasonable? After a basic introduction to intersex (i.e., when a person is born with a body that isn’t standard male or standard female), this talk will explore these questions. 

Alice Dreger is author of The Talk: Helping Your Kids Navigate Sex in the Real World (2016), One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal (2004), and Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (1998).  Dreger previously served as a Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  Dreger is also the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Intersex Society of North America and has worked with various groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, to try to improve care for people born intersex.

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