TEDx talk titled "This Girl Has Balls"
What is Intersex?
American Sociological Association's
Medical Sociology Section's Donald W. Light Award
for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology
“Through piercing interviews and astute analysis, and in a readable style, Contesting Intersex gets at the heart of recent controversies about the medical management of intersex and perceptively tracks the political engagement of intersex activists.”
—Elizabeth Reis, author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex
“With refreshingly honest prose and an insider's insight, Georgiann Davis illuminates the ongoing, heated, and often painful debate about how best to respond to the naturally occurring diversity of sex development in human beings. This is groundbreaking work that is sure to become required reading for scholars of gender and the social history of medicine.”
—Sharon Preves, author of Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self
“Davis presents a compelling and beautifully-crafted text about the complex issues of gender and sexual identity. How medicine and diagnosis can either come in aid of, or brutally disrupt the experience of intersexuality is an important paradox, worthy of reflection and debate. With this book, Davis gets the ball rolling and demands our attention. It is well-worth the read.”
—Annemarie Jutel, author of Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society
"Contesting Intersex is an essential update to studies of the intersex and a must-read for those interested in social movements, gender, medicalization, diagnosis, and the relationship between science and culture." -- Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University, in the September 2016 issue of the American Journal of Sociology.
"A particularly insightful discussion on the accessibility of biological citizenship for different intersex individuals whilst illustrating the power of diagnostic labels. . . . [a] very readable text." -- Charlotte Jones, University of Sheffield in Sociology of Health & Illness.
"Evenhanded and passionate, this book will inspire and inform the wide readership it deserves.” -- L. D. Brush, University of Pittsburgh, in the January 2016 issue of CHOICE.
"Davis deftly walks the tightrope between observer and activist, maintaining an appropriate level of analytic distance while holding tightly to her commitment to social justice for those who do not fit neatly within the gender binary." -- Danielle Docka-Filipek in Contemporary Sociology.
"Ultimately, this book is an important read for gender and sexuality scholars, as well as medical sociologists. Davis deftly challenges binary categories and the power of medical diagnoses. Her writing is engaging and, at times, personal—she shares her own experience as an intersex person, describing intimate conversations with her parents, problematic medical episodes, and her activist-academic desires." -- Amanda Kennedy, Founding Editor Masculinities 101.
"Contesting Intersex is lucidly written and well worth reading to learn about intersex or to expand your knowledge. It would make an excellent addition to a course on sociology of the body." -- Judith Lorber, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York, in Gender & Society.
"Davis has fully mastered the relevant medical, sociological, and feminist cultural studies literature on intersex." -- Robert A. Nye in the Journal of the History of Sexuality.
"It only takes reading a few pages of Davis’s text to feel a
connection with her prose both academically and personally." -- Catherine A. Ratliff in American Book Review.
"[Contesting Intersex] also stands on its own, presenting a clear and exceptional introduction for anyone interested in gaining knowledge of the struggles faced by the intersex community." -- Jason Silva in New Genetics and Society.
"Davis’s work is powerful, as it covers heated and sensitive topics in an insightful, and occasionally humorous, way." -- Hanna Baus, Humboldt State University in Humboldt Journal of Social Relations.
"Georgiann Davis has produced a very carefully researched book, written at the right time." -- Cecile Ann Lawrence in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.