The Waiting Room: Ontological Homelessness, Sexual Synecdoche, and Queer Becoming

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An autobiographical reflection on the experience of being diagnosed as intersex, this essay considers the waiting room an apt metaphor for lives shaped by medical understandings of queer corporealities. Drawing upon the work of Gayle Salamon, Malatino develops the concept of sexual synecdoche as a useful analytic tool for considering the operations of medical pathologization in the realm of non-normative gender. She concludes with a discussion of queer becoming as an alternative ontology of gendered being that offers a resistant, coalitional way beyond contemporary, problematic institutionalized understandings of intersex subjectivities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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