Gender Reassignment: The Tragic Case of David Reimer Essay

Gender Reassignment: The Tragic Case of David Reimer
A reflective essay that uses the tragic case of David Reimer to address issues relating to sexuality and gender identity.
# 154015 | 3,255 words | 11 sources | 2014 | CA
Published by on Sep 21, 2014 in Sociology (General)

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"This essay uses the tragic case of David Reimer, a Canadian boy who was subjected to gender reassignment in childhood in the 1960s and 1970s, as the springboard for reflections on a variety of issues, including the attitudes of Western society to matters relating to sex and gender, as well as the question of the adequacy of sociology as a field of study to account fully for the phenomenon of gender identity. After a brief review of the David Reimer case, the essay examines the various sociological theories that were used to justify the decision to subject David to gender reassignment or could be used to explain what happened. It makes the argument that sociology limits itself by choosing to operate solely within the bounds of social theory, without taking the insights of other disciplines into account. It argues that since sex and gender identity are not one-dimensional phenomena, but involve sociology, biology, psychology, and a number of other disciplines, a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to arrive at a more realistic understand of cases such as that of David Reimer. It traces the roots of the North American attitude to sex and gender issues to the Judaeo-Christian tradition, which polarizes the sexes, unlike other traditions around the world, which make room for a range of sexualities and gender identities. It goes on to examine specific details in David's case that belie the theory that gender identity is "socially constructed." It concludes by expressing the hope that sociology will expand its boundaries."

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