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Doubting SexInscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-century Hermaphrodite Case Histories$
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Geertje Mak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086908

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086908.001.0001

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Justine Jumas: Conflicting Body Politics

Justine Jumas: Conflicting Body Politics

(p.116) 5 Justine Jumas: Conflicting Body Politics
Doubting Sex

Geertje Mak

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the topic of medical authorities' invasion of individual bodies in detail on the basis of the case of Anna Justine Jumas. Anna refused to subject herself to a forensic assessment of her sex and her husband claimed that she was not a woman at all. Ambroise Tardieu, Amédée Courty and Philippe Jalabert agreed that a marriage between persons of the same sex was no marriage at all and should be radically nullified. It then argues that the pressure on Jumas to make her body available for medical examination was not an isolated instance of pressure on a disobedient woman. The discussion of the Jumas case in the forensic medical and legal literature at the time clearly shows that the right to establish a person's sex by means of coercing them into an invasive medical examination was by no means self-evident.

Keywords:   Anna Justine Jumas, Ambroise Tardieu, Amédée Courty, Philippe Jalabert, medical examination, sex

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