Depathologising gender: vulnerability in trans health law

Dietz, C. and Pearce, R. (2020) Depathologising gender: vulnerability in trans health law. In: Dietz, C., Travis, M. and Thomson, M. (eds.) A Jurisprudence of the Body. Series: Palgrave socio-legal studies. Springer, pp. 179-203. ISBN 9783030421991 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-42200-4_8)

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This chapter challenges how gender has been positioned under the control of health professionals in the regulation of trans bodies. Trans people have formed complex relationships with health professionals, whose influence is often crucial in determining access to body modification treatments including hormones and surgeries. Having previously argued that this constitutes an overreach of medical jurisdiction, this chapter is more forward-looking, assessing the potential of a human right to depathologisation. After deciding that latent risks in this strategy might outweigh potential benefits, we propose an alternative agenda which understands trans bodies, and the institutions which regulate their access to health care, as vulnerable. This change of emphasis offers key insights which could benefit the activists and scholars engaged in the trans depathologisation movement.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pearce, Dr Ruth
Authors: Dietz, C., and Pearce, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:A Jurisprudence of the Body
Published Online:06 August 2020
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