Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Neoliberalism, Medicalization, and the Pathologization of Embodiment
by Neasbitt, Jessica Y., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2018, 175; 10824332
Abstract (Summary)

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) is a burgeoning area of developing cosmetic surgery in the U.S., Britain, and Australia. Hotly debated, the procedure is caught up in cultural discourses of medicalization, on the one hand (arguing for the necessity of such procedures to correct a “defect” in female anatomy), and, on the other, condemnations of the practice as yet another market invention to capitalize on women’s traditional anxieties regarding beauty, especially with regard to genital anatomy. This dissertation situates FGCS historically and culturally within practices of neoliberal capitalism, new surgical technologies, changes in U.S. healthcare systems, increased bodily surveillance and advances in media technology, and a tradition of the development and use of standardized systems of classification within practices of Western medicine. It then illustrates how these factors work in concert to produce “defective” bodies and the technologies marketed as necessary to fix them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Freccero, Carla
Commitee: Ochoa, Marcia, Porter, Eric
School: University of California, Santa Cruz
Department: History of Consciousness (Feminist Studies)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Surgery, Gender studies
Keywords: Cosmetic surgery, Genital surgery, History of medicine, Labiaplasty, Medical ethics, Race and medicine
Publication Number: 10824332
ISBN: 978-0-438-24878-6
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