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Corbatta, J. (2015). Sexuality, Normality, and Social Terror: XXY by Lucía Puenzo. Psychoanal. Inq., 35(8):823-831.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(8):823-831

Sexuality, Normality, and Social Terror: XXY by Lucía Puenzo

Jorgelina Corbatta, Ph.D.

Lucía Puenzo’s (2007b) subtle and observant coming of age film, XXY, is the starting point for a discussion of gender, families, and unspoken anxieties. This article explores the world of Alex, an intersex teenager, who is navigating a relationship with the visiting son of family friends. Alex has reached the age when she wants to make her own choices about both gender and desire, setting off a family and social chain reaction about who decides that there are only certain ways to be human. XXY is first considered as a narrative of a common developmental crisis, then as a narrative case study.

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