The Intersex Baby - From a Social Emergency to a Human Rights Challenge

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Intersex Baby - From a Social Emergency to a Human Rights Challenge
Author Komboki Lancing, Marika
Date 2018
English abstract
This paper aims to shed light on the intersex infant, a baby born with an unclear gender. The main goal of the paper is to discuss whether unnecessary gender normalizing surgeries on infants, also called intersex genital mutilation (IGM) that is not necessary to preserve the life or physical health of the infant is in the best interest of the child. Legal method will be used to frame the topic in a legal context and discourse analysis in combination with content analysis will be applied in order to understand the transformation of intersex, from being a social emergency to becoming a human rights issue. The use of the concept, the best interest of the child will serve as an analytical framework together with a theoretical framework consisting of queer theory. Together it will help to map out the human rights challenges regarding IGM as a socially constructed medical product that needs to be highlighted and prevented in order to secure the rights of the child. Hopefully, the concluding results will contribute to further awareness on the issue of unnecessary infant intersex surgery and frame it in a human rights context.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Children´s Rights
Intersex Genital Mutilation
Human Rights
Jus Cogens
Activism
Queer Theory
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26556 Permalink to this page
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