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‘Transgender’ Body Modification: How Gender Ideology Defines the Symbolic Function of Sexed Bodies
Start Date: 2/28/2014Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Date: 2/28/2014End Time: 3:00 PM

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UPDATE: Event moved from original date (2/7) to 2/28 due to snow.

Abstract: Although any person can request liposuction, rhinoplasty, or even vaginal rejuvenation procedures from medical doctors without consulting a mental health professional; in most states in the US individuals who desire body modification that would change their primary sex characteristics require a recommendation from at least one certified psychologist and/or a licensed therapist or qualified clinical social worker. Clinical practitioners who consider recommending clients for these alterations do not have one systematic procedure or standard set of criteria; instead they draw from ideological assumptions about the nature of gender identity and its relationship to sexed bodies. Drawing from qualitative interviews with 35 such practitioners, I consider how this clinical context speaks to the significance of gender ideology in defining and limiting the configuration of sexed bodies. Bio: Jaye Cee Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific University. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. Her previous work includes an ethnography of the same-sex marriage movement and an in-depth qualitative analysis of women prison activism in California.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Montag Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: The Den
Contact Information:
Name: Jade Aguilar
Phone: 503-370-6195
Email: aguilarj@willamette.edu

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