Conversion Therapy Ground Zero: Interrogating the Production of Gender as a Pathology in the United States

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California Institute of Integral Studies, 2017 - Gender identity - 238 pages
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"Drawing on my research on sex, gender, race, and identity formations as a means of delineating what is "normal" and/or "aberrant", I develop an argument about the links between the development of Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5 and Conversion therapies that place Gender categories in terms of heteronormative binary sex (female-male) and role/behavior (feminine-masculine) binary outcomes. I argue that against this normative expectation Gender is constructed to be a pathology that enables medicalized violence on bodies of children who "fail" to meet this social-medical expectation. Applying a qualitative research methodology, I connect the autoethnographic narrative of my experience of being subjected to the gender conversion "therapy" or medical violence, with the theoretical foundations of critical discourse analysis and hermeneutics with which I analyze the archival material and primary date of my personal file from the Gender Identity Research Clinic (GIRC). I connect the theoretical literature with the primary data linking this with my own childhood memory to interrogate the development of the nomenclature on Gender Dysphoria at The U.C.L.A. Gender Identity Research Clinic (GIRC) (1963-1994). As a survivor of a child who was violently subjected to the GIRC (1970) and the forced therapeutics of gender conversion therapy, this project reflects and represents a lifetime of resistance to my assigned birth gender, contributing to the knowledge production and debates in the development of Transgender Studies and related fields. Finally, this project includes the medical history on the development of Gender Dysphoria."--Abstract

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