In this program, Alice Dreger addresses the human experience of being born with a body that does not fit the usual definitions of male or female. Now called "persons with intersex," these people were once referred to as hermaphrodites. Dreger’s lecture touches on what, historically, happened to people with intersex and incorporates insights that can be gleaned from the narratives of those living with sex anomalies.
Alice Dreger is a professor in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago and is recognized as an eminent researcher and advocate for persons with intersex. Her work has been covered by the New York Times and Science, and she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and the BBC.
Recorded Sunday, November 4, 2010 at the Harold Washington Library Center.