Dr. Alice Dreger, Associate Professor in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern Universty and a prolific speaker and writer on the politics of science, medicine, and anatomy, spoke recently at The Kinsey Institute on the history and evolution of the term “intersex,” and its alternatives.
In her talk, Dr. Dreger explored how the political weight that accrues behind terminology used at the intersection of activism and medicine can sometimes impede the meaningful communication that is necessary between professional and patient communities trying to change treatment methods. But individuals with non-normative bodies, particularly those involved in challenging current medical/clinical paradigms, may have developed social and political identities tied to existing terminology.
When can changing terms create new engagement? When does it provoke resistance?
Read more about Dr. Dreger’s talk at her blog here