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Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money's Diagnostic Concepts

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ISBN: 9780226186580    Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
One of the twentieth century's most controversial sexologists - or "fuckologists," to use his own memorable term - John Money was considered a trailblazing scientist and sexual libertarian by some, but damned...Read more
One of the twentieth century's most controversial sexologists - or "fuckologists," to use his own memorable term - John Money was considered a trailblazing scientist and sexual libertarian by some, but damned by others as a fraud and a pervert. Money invented the concept of gender in the 1950s, yet fought its uptake by feminists. He backed surgical treatments for transsexuality, but argued that gender roles were set by reproductive capacity. He shaped the treatment of intersex, advocating experimental sex changes for children with ambiguous genitalia. In his most publicized case study, Money oversaw the reassignment of David Reimer as female following a circumcision accident in infancy. Heralded by many as proof that gender is pliable, the case was later discredited when Reimer revealed that he had lived as a male since his early teens. In Fuckology, the authors contextualize and interrogate Money's writings and his practices. The book focuses on his three key diagnostic concepts, "hermaphroditism," "transsexualism," and "paraphilia," but also addresses his lesser-known work on topics ranging from animal behavior to the philosophy of science.
The result is a comprehensive collection of new insights for researchers and students within healthcare, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as for practitioners and activists in sexology, psychology, and patient rights.
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About the author: Lisa Downing
Lisa Downing is professor of French discourses of sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. Iain Morland works in music technology as a sound designer,... Read more
Lisa Downing is professor of French discourses of sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. Iain Morland works in music technology as a sound designer, audio editor, and programmer. Nikki Sullivan is an honorary researcher in the Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies and teaches in the School of Communication, International Studies, and Languages at the University of South Australia.
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Review:
We see here critical sexuality studies confronting the work of the most influential of modern sexologists, John Money. The point is not to dismiss sexology - that has been done too often and too...Read more
We see here critical sexuality studies confronting the work of the most influential of modern sexologists, John Money. The point is not to dismiss sexology - that has been done too often and too quickly in queer studies - but to engage with it in a sustained, scholarly manner. Downing, Morland, and Sullivan do that admirably, identifying the casual contradictions and unpacking the constitutive tensions in Money's thinking." (Peter Cryle University of Queensland) "John Money's influential and controversial career has never received the careful, critical, and nuanced attention it deserves - until now. Coauthors Downing, Morland, and Sullivan bring three very different forms of expertise to bear on Money's work and its legacy, in a study that should be of interest to scholars of medicine and sexuality alike." (Susan Stryker University of Arizona) "One of the most prominent and prolific sexologists of the second half of the twentieth century, John Money coined the term "gender" and pioneered the use of surgical procedures to treat intersex and transgender subjects. In this timely and important critical reassessment of Money's work, Downing, Morland, and Sullivan lay bare the inconsistencies and assumptions embedded in his conceptualisation of sex. The title of the book derives from Money's own term for his particular brand of sexology while also, as the authors astutely point out, providing the critical tools with which to fuck with sexology itself." (Elizabeth Stephens University of Queensland) "This book makes a unique and exciting contribution to the field, examining in detail Money's work on the concepts of 'hermaphroditism', 'transsexualism', and 'paraphilia.' It is a well-founded critique that goes to the heart of sexological research methodology and its underpinning assumptions. This work is queer, critical, historically astute, and politically engaged - offering an analysis that many of us have been looking forward to, and that will certainly contribute to our work." (Katrina Roen University of Oslo)
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