chapter  9
29 Pages

Theologies of Resistance: Intersex/DSD, Disability and Queering the ‘Real World’

BySusannah Cornwall

This chapter argues that affinities between intersex/Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and impairment tie into broader issues of hegemony and resistance. It argues that the queer theologies of Elizabeth Stuart and Marcella Althaus-Reid in particular may be useful in sidestepping some of the concerns about subsuming specific issues and identities which have been levelled at non-theological queer theory. The chapter reflects on some correlations between the experiences of people with impairments and those with intersex/DSD conditions, in order to show that each of these broad categories encompasses people facing some strikingly similar issues as well as those unique to their own particular states. Many of the issues addressed by the disability rights movement are, in fact, also relevant to people with intersex/DSD conditions. The process of theologically queering a binary-sexed, heteronormative model has already been begun by commentators attempting readings of the Christian Scriptures which seek to find lesbian, gay, transgendered, queer or intersexed 'ancestors' within the texts.