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

Gerard Coll-Planas, Marta Cruells, Eva Alfama

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    © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)178-189
    JournalStudies in Gender and Sexuality
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


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