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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Sexual identity is seen normally [i.

I was also his youngest patient by quite a bit, and looked far younger still some say fourteenwhich probably made him try harder and experiment. She was referred to Dr.

It turned out too sophisticated sensate clitoris and engorging labia which Cowell found too much and had reduced so Burou is not a clear successor. In all cases, Agnes is careful to proclaim her distaste for and avoidance of those people.

June 22, at 2: She verified her views of herself according to what normal females would experience, yet denied that she shared the experiences of other transsexuals or transferees. Agnes was out to get her surgery.

In she was working as a typist aggnes an insurance company, and had a boyfriend. Most used his signature flap technique though.

If she does not want to resemble her new physical sex, that is her personal business. She is a complete success. 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.


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Her passing was not episodic but continuous, and this sort of passing is not accounted for by Goffman’s work. She denied any interest in contacting other surgical transferees too. Agnes simply was straight. These particular sisters may not have put Agnes back on the path to righteousness… She also had a penis, and testes. Garfinkel repeatedly assures readers are completely normal and functional, or so they would have been had they appeared on a male.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. I was also concerned about his not thinking I had enough for him to work with.

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

Garfinkel presenting gaefinkel observations in said book chapter. Its ending sheds light on the many movements that have been developed to work toward a paradigm shift in perception:. This site uses cookies. Agnes insisted that the conventional sexual divisions were indeed ‘natural’, legitimate, a moral matter [in the sense of involving social acceptance], and she wanted to locate herself in this natural and moral world.

She was able to keep much of her life secret, including whether she had used hormones, how she had lived with her mother, what she used her penis for, how she satisfied herself and her boy friend sexually, and whether she had any homosexual feelings.


Her machinist father died when Agnes was eight and her mother did semi-skilled work in an garffinkel plant to raise the children.

Thus Garfinkel thinks that these occasions show her actions to be permanent and stressful, not like a game or a limited episode.

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At seventeen, agbes began dressing and acting as the woman that she knew herself to be. His insistence on intercourse and marriage led to a series of quarrels, and she disclosed her details to him. Her brother helped her to cover her feminine attributes [quite literally — he complained about her feminine appearance and insisted she wear looser clothing! After the operation, Agnes still fights to conceal her past.

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