Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 327–330 | Cite as

Julie A. Greenberg: Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters

New York: New York University Press, 2012, 167 pp
  • Alex Sharpe
Review Essay

This book, as its title suggests, concerns itself with intersex people and the law. It is a book made necessary by the paucity of legal scholarship dealing with intersex issues. The book is the first to shine the spotlight directly on the medico-legal treatment of intersex people with the interests of intersex people squarely in mind. Putting intersex people centre stage is important because, as the author notes, the legal and non-legal literature addressing intersex people has tended to do so from other justice movement perspectives and with those interests and agendas in mind. The book is also important in challenging, and in providing a wider explanatory context in which to situate, understandings of the current, though controversial, medical practice of surgically altering the genitalia of intersex children born with atypical genitalia.

The book is divided into 3 Parts (Gender Blending, Gender Bending, and Legal Paths to Enhancing the Lives of People with an Intersex Condition) and...


Gender Identity Birth Certificate Intersex Condition Social Justice Movement Intersex People 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Keele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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