Alice Dreger studies history and anatomy, and acts as a patient advocate.

Why you should listen

Alice Dreger is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago. She describes her focus as "social justice work in medicine and science" through research, writing, speaking and advocacy.

She's written several books that study subjects on the edge of norm-challenging bodies, including One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal and Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex and Intersex in the Age of Ethics.

She says: "The question that has motivated many of my projects is this: Why not change minds instead of bodies?"

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Alice Dreger’s TED talks

Quotes from Alice Dreger

And as we get farther and farther with our science, we get more and more into a discomforted zone where we have to acknowledge that the simplistic categories [of sex and race] we've had are probably overly simplistic.
Alice Dreger
TEDxNorthwesternU • 900K views Jun 2011
Informative, Fascinating
There are … Labradors that I know that are more capable of informed, intelligent, mature decisions about sexual relations than some 40-year-olds that I know.
Alice Dreger
TEDxNorthwesternU • 900K views Jun 2011
Informative, Fascinating
Nature doesn't draw the line for us between male and female … we actually draw that line on nature.
Alice Dreger
TEDxNorthwesternU • 900K views Jun 2011
Informative, Fascinating