Date of Award

8-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Stikkers, Kenneth

Abstract

ABSTRACT FOUCAULT, FEMINISM, AND ROYCE Kara McCollum Southern Illinois University-Carbondale In this paper I use Foucault's ideas to discuss the current medical management of intersexed infants in the United States. Secondly, I discuss how marxism and essentialism share the same predicament of falling into the `patriarchal trap' of narrowingly defining women's identities, their roles in society, and omitting or undervaluing their contributions. Finally, I give an exegesis of the events of the `Royce-Abbot Affair.' I provide an understanding of these events by drawing on wide-ranging interpretations, critiquing each account, and offering my own interpretation.

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