Journal article

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

Matthew Mitchell, Juliet Rogers



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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