Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil
With the circulation of pharmaceutical sex hormones, a key aspect of sex—that defined by hormonal action—is now exogenous to the body. For this reason, the use of sex hormones is carefully regulated. The chapter considers a range of practices that bring into question sexual dualism and the social construction of the sexed body. Through an analysis of the diverse prescribed and informal hormonal regimes adopted in Salvador, this chapter shows how the uses made of sex hormones re-inscribe sexual dualism at the point at which it would seem to be menaced. It shows how the uses made of sex hormones...