Justine Jumas: Conflicting Body Politics

Geertje Mak

in Doubting Sex

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719086908
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702628 | DOI:
Justine Jumas: Conflicting Body Politics

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This chapter discusses the topic of medical authorities' invasion of individual bodies in detail on the basis of the case of Anna Justine Jumas. Anna refused to subject herself to a forensic assessment of her sex and her husband claimed that she was not a woman at all. Ambroise Tardieu, Amédée Courty and Philippe Jalabert agreed that a marriage between persons of the same sex was no marriage at all and should be radically nullified. It then argues that the pressure on Jumas to make her body available for medical examination was not an isolated instance of pressure on a disobedient woman. The discussion of the Jumas case in the forensic medical and legal literature at the time clearly shows that the right to establish a person's sex by means of coercing them into an invasive medical examination was by no means self-evident.

Keywords: Anna Justine Jumas; Ambroise Tardieu; Amédée Courty; Philippe Jalabert; medical examination; sex

Chapter.  9299 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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