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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And yet, they persist. She had learnt the need to remain inconspicuous, to avoid contact, wear loose clothing, avoid talk, even to follow standard routes to and from school [to avoid risks of new contacts?

Do ethnomethodologists never generalise? Her usual manner of dress did not distinguish her from a typical girl of her age and class.

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A grungy-looking brunette with glasses and a monotone black and baggy wardrobe stands beside a smokey-eyed and stiletto clad British fashionista guru. Garfin,el liked being treated as a female, including liking the way that Garfinkel responded to her as one. Whimsical, queer exploration of all things gender. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: She had no interest in waging a political fight, or in challenging any aspect of social norms.


Untilmen could not be raped. People require these rationalisations of their past and of each other.

And, to different extents, I guess that may be true for all humans. She was referred to Dr. Bill the boyfriend was at the centre of much of Agnes’s activity: But I could not resist this badass.

For her, normal people also did agjes performing work, a significant difference from ‘normal’ perceptions. Gillies published his tecHnique, created in for Roberta Cowell, in in his compendium but died the next year.

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She wanted to have the penis removed and replaced with a vagina. She denied any interest in contacting other surgical transferees too. 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Agnes simply was straight. The learning process continued for decades, and maybe still does, although things seem unchanged in the lsst 5 years.

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Elmer Belt in the same time frame agnws as Agnes. If this is the case, of course, it is a compliment to Agnes’s passing strategies which apparently fooled even an experienced medical team — and probably Garfinkel too! Twitter Facebook Google Tumblr.


She over-reacted to small changes and events. The homophobic and transphobic side of Agnes certainly makes me cringe.

And some context on Garfinkel and Stoller: Agnes clearly and repeatedly proclaims herself to be a real woman with a horrible biological condition. For such people, sexual status is self assigned, a matter of personal election.

Other examples seem less like a game. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Back in 22 years latermy psychiatrist, the only one in the UK with access to a surgeon, required patients to be straight and have no contact with the drag scene.

Soon, doctors at UCLA agree with this assessment, proclaiming that Agnes suffered from an extraordinarily rare she is, as far as I know, the only person to be so diagnosed intersex condition know as testicular feminization syndrome, whereby her testes spontaneously began producing estrogen at puberty.