Journal article

Prohibiting the Queer Body: Gender Affirmation, Female Genital Cutting, and the Promise of Gender Intelligibility

Matthew Mitchell, Juliet Rogers

CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Legal regulations of the body produce and seek to protect specific imaginations of the body in an idealized form—that is, not only what a body is but also what it ought to be. In this article, we apply a queer criminological approach to interrogate the regulation of the body-that-ought-to-be that has animated two legal interventions regarding body modification: the criminalization of female genital cutting (FGC), often described in law as female genital mutilation (FGM), and the regulation of gender-affirming manual hormone use. By analyzing discourses that have circulated in Australian law regarding both practices, we show how the legitimacy of a given body modification has been tied to tha..

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