Queer theory and the intersex: invisible experiences of un-done bodies

Queer theory emerged as a theoretical orientation that challenged current forms of understanding social identities at the same moment when the question of the intersex became socially visible. In spite of this, queer reflection on the intersex is fairly recent. The intersex require reflection on invisible experiences, identity paradoxes and the limits of what we understand as human. In this article, I explore the different definitions of who are the intersex, how queer theory deals with them and I conclude with a reflection on the bodily experience of subjects marked as intersex.

Intersex; Identity Paradoxes; Invisibility; Sexuality; Queer Theory


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