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Coll-Planas, G., Ph.D. Cruells, M., Ph.D. Alfama, E., Ph.D. (2017). Breast Surgery as a Gender Technology: Analyzing Plastic Surgeons’ Discourses. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(3):178-189.

(2017). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(3):178-189

Breast Surgery as a Gender Technology: Analyzing Plastic Surgeons’ Discourses

Gerard Coll-Planas, Ph.D., Marta Cruells, Ph.D. and Eva Alfama, Ph.D.

This article explores the role of breast surgery as a gender technology by considering the discourse of plastic surgeons. We analyze the gender discourses that come into play when surgeons are asked to distinguish between 3 cases of breast surgery: breast implantation for transsexual women, postmastectomy breast intervention, and breast augmentation for aesthetic reasons. In the surgeons’ discourses, the 3 interventions are situated in the reconstruction/cosmetic divide. However, we can see that this boundary is profoundly influenced by cultural conceptions of gender. These gendered conceptions affect what is labeled normal/abnormal, what demands are considered legitimate, and which bodies are deemed able to possess certain attributes.

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