Sexualizing sex. Some reflections about sexual cosmetic surgeries

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Sexualizing sex. Some reflections about sexual cosmetic surgeries

Cosmetic sexual surgeries are medical practices which produce sexed bodies to improve gendered and sexual functioning. They are also seen, in this article, as practices putting into question the naturalistic argument of sex determination. Though ocurring in a context that endorses genital morphologic diversity, they promote less conformity with morphological models than improvement of psychological and relational well-being. But, as the analysis of the arguments legitimizing the interventions shows, cosmetic sexual surgeries reproduce gender relations and make the social standard an issue of individual responsibility : to feel good in a (sexualized) body and in (sexual) relations. Thus challenges to the naturalistic argument are not antinomic with the reproduction of gender relations.

Keywords:

  • surgery
  • naturalism
  • gender
  • medicine
  • well-being

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Publisher:

Genre, sexualité & société - GSS 12 | Automne 2014

Languages:

French

City:

Aubervilliers

Year:

2014

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Research labels:

Body
Sexuality
Health – medicine

Subjects:

Gender Studies, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Social Anthropology

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Article