Harold Garfinkel’s s case study of “Agnes” is broadly understood as the locus classicus of sociological research about transgender peo- ple. Drawing on an. Agnes was a year old woman with an accidental penis appendage. Studied by anthropologist Harold Garfinkel and written about in a The paper was written by one Dr. Garfinkel and his experience treating a patient called Agnes, whom he first met in November of Agnes.

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Correspondingly, her boyfriend was presented as percent male.

Generally, though, she thought out the possibilities beforehand, and did her best to acquire relevant knowledge — of the types of physical examinations for jobs, for example. Some of them were medical problems involving uneven healing and partial closure of the new vagina.

Her voice, pitched at an alto level, was soft, and her delivery had the occasional lisp similar to that affected by feminine appearing male homosexuals. People do manage impressions, but they also need to manage ‘structural incongruities’. No one should judge her. No universities in the UK allowed transsexual people on the premises, and sociology was no exception.

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From the age of twelve Agnes took her mother’s post-hysterectomy estrogen pills and feminized her body. She was aware that she was managing what others were taking for granted but not just in the Goffman sense of management of impressions — there were definite elements of unknown consequences and goals, risks, the absence of clear rules, and thus a necessary unremitting improvisation, and a constant requirement to explain herself.

I first encountered Agnes in earlya time when co-incidentally, I was struggling to find a doctor who would write prescriptions to allow me to have a hormonal balance and in turn, life society considered plausible for a person of my gender. Robert Stoller at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Centerand interviewed by him, Dr Alexander Rosen, a psychologist, and Harold Garfinkel[2] a sociologist interested in the way sex works in society.


Her measurements were Today is seems the main location for the poisonous, and ill-informed belief that gender is just a social construct. June 19, at 1: She argued that the surgical vagina confirmed reality, that surgery was seen as merely confirming her claim to being a real female.

I so hope that wonderful young woman, who might be 70 now, had, and maybe still has a good life. Her demeanor was that of what Dr.

Garfinkel, H ‘Passing and the managed achievement of sex status in an intersexed person’in Studies in Ethnomethodology, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: When she was invited by me to compare herself with homosexuals agnfs transvestites she found the comparison repulsive. Agnes simply was straight. Sexual identity is seen normally [i. I do think though that these days there are unnecessary divisions between people that need not be there.

Gillies published his tecHnique, created in for Roberta Cowell, in in his compendium but died the next year. In this way, she saw her ability to manage her identity as confirming her subjectivity as anges ‘real and valuable person’ She constantly adjusted aghes own history in a ‘skilled, unrelieving and biased’ manner Her passing was not episodic but continuous, and this sort of passing is not accounted for by Goffman’s work.

In all cases, Agnes is careful to proclaim her distaste for and avoidance of those people. The homophobic and transphobic side of Agnes certainly makes me cringe. Her voice, pitched at an alto level, was soft, and her delivery had the occasional lisp similar to that affected by feminine appearing male homosexuals.

Her feet and hands, though somewhat larger than usual for a woman, were in no way remarkable in this respect. Social problems including her having to act like a woman, with no way back.

The story of Agnes – Gender recognition and surgery in the s | GenderBen!

When, init became necessary to put my proceeding transition on record with my college, where I was studying sociology and psychology, they showed no understanding and expelled agnfs. She was tested in Portland, Oregonand found to have XY chromosomes, and neither a uterus nor the hypothesized tumor that might produce estrogen. For Agnes, it was not always a matter of deliberate lying or calculation.


For her, normal people also did this performing work, a significant difference from ‘normal’ perceptions. Elmer Belt in the same time frame roughly as Agnes. With a very female face and body except for the terrible defect of the male genitalia — can there be a worse defect for ggarfinkel girl to be born with?

Agnes Torres

There was nothing garish or exhibitionistic in her attire, nor was there any hint of poor taste or that she was ill at ease in her clothing, as is seen so frequently in transvestites and in women with disturbances in sexual identification.

This site uses cookies. You were probably wise to pass that up. Her manner was appropriately feminine with a slight awkwardness that is typical of middle adolescence. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Post-operative infection of and partial closure of her vagina, weight loss that led to a reduction in breast size, and unpredictable mood changes led to problems with her boyfriend. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

After surgery, Agnes was well accepted by her immediate family and Bill. By the end of the show, the formerly drab something has been made into a Va-Va Voom hourglass model in a bright purple dress and honey-colored tresses.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: She engaged in constant monitoring and self reassessment agens to explain her difficulties and to assess her progress towards the desired outcomes.

For me, the key point in the text, where I feel that Garfinkel captures the real essence of Agnes and her situation is here:.

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