Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Current dominant understandings of biological sex and gender that rely upon binary constructions are problematic on cultural, political, and individual levels. Cultural misunderstandings of the complexities of biological sex have harmful consequences, including the unnecessary surgical and medical interventions on intersexed bodies and the negative psychological effects of gender stereotypes. Anne Fausto-Sterling’s book, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000), advances necessary progressive feminist perspectives on the subject. I employ critical discourse analysis comparing original scientific and academic discourses with the author’s translations. I argue that she questions binary sex development and assignment in ways that challenge the problematic foundational arguments of Science. This study contributes to current research on the rhetoric of science, positioning Sexing the Body as a model for engaging a dual audience, and as a pedagogical tool for scholars who translate knowledge from specialized disciplines in the Sciences for popular audiences.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Reid, MarySarah Grace, ""What is the M/F Problem?": Critical Discourse Analysis in Anne Fausto-Sterling's Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1833.