What Makes a Real Man? Gender Norms and Western Australian v. AH  WASCA 172
Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 18, pp. 478-497, 2011
20 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 4, 2011
In Western Australia v. AH  WASCA 172 the Western Australian Court of Appeal denied two female-to-male applicants for gender reassignment certificates the right to be legally recognised as men. In so doing, an opportunity was lost for Australia to be one of the first jurisdictions in the world to legally provide a reassignment of gender without requiring permanent sterilising surgery. This column examines not only the legal issues considered in the case but the broader ethical and human rights issues associated with denying female-to-male gender reassignment applicants who have not undergone a permanent sterilisation or genitalia alteration procedure, the right to be identified as males.
Keywords: Gender Reassignment, Transgender, Reproductive Rights, Genital Surgery
JEL Classification: D81, I18
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