The rights and interests of trans and intersex children: considerations, conflicts and implications in relation to the UNCRC

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, 2021. The rights and interests of trans and intersex children: considerations, conflicts and implications in relation to the UNCRC. Journal of Gender Studies. ISSN 0958-9236

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Abstract

In this paper I consider the contradictions in majority Western treatment of trans and intersex children, in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). I argue that how each group is treated is underpinned by contrasting assumptions about what constitutes the child’s best interest, which are a primary consideration under the Convention. In the case of intersex children, it is assumed that it is in the child’s best interest to have an assigned binary gender and a body that matches it as well as possible; in the case of trans children, it is assumed that it is in the child’s best interest to be prevented from making irrevocable decisions that they do not fully understand. I then outline and discuss Kirsten Sandberg’s approach to trans and intersex children with respect to the UNCRC, and explore the implications of this in practice. I conclude that what follows from Sandberg’s approach would benefit all children, not just those who are trans or intersex.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gender Studies
Creators: Paechter, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 14 February 2021
ISSN: 0958-9236
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09589236.2021.1888285DOI
1407158Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Feb 2021 10:54
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42247

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