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Posted: 23 September 2013 06:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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TimB - 23 September 2013 05:58 PM

I recall a case from a general psychology class.  Twin boys, at birth, had circumcisions.  Something went terribly wrong with one of these.  It was decided to do sex change procedures on this one and to raise him as a girl.  The child did not know about this and as he grew older, he began having gender confusion issues.  (I guess he felt like a boy in a girl’s body.)  I’m not sure what has become of this person.

I’m not sure what point I’m making.  It just occurred to me to share this memory.

Hi Tim, ... I have no idea about the case you are talking about, but I’m almost certain that the Law & Order SVU episode I mentioned earlier drew on it from the way you describe it, as that’s what they do, use actual cases and create useful stories from them, often that is, not always.

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Posted: 23 September 2013 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Lausten - 23 September 2013 06:15 PM

I just noticed several details for your icon, and they make sense given this post.

I’m very careful in doing things, especially when it comes to symbols. Yes, my “little icon” says more than I sometimes wish. :-)

If you ever meet a girl with that thing on her ankle… it’s either me or an imitator :-)

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Posted: 23 September 2013 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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TimB - 23 September 2013 05:58 PM

I recall a case from a general psychology class.  Twin boys, at birth, had circumcisions.  Something went terribly wrong with one of these.  It was decided to do sex change procedures on this one and to raise him as a girl.  The child did not know about this and as he grew older, he began having gender confusion issues.  (I guess he felt like a boy in a girl’s body.)  I’m not sure what has become of this person.

I’m not sure what point I’m making.  It just occurred to me to share this memory.

You might be referring to David Reimer.  He committed suicide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

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Posted: 23 September 2013 09:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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TimB - 23 September 2013 05:58 PM

I recall a case from a general psychology class.  Twin boys, at birth, had circumcisions.  Something went terribly wrong with one of these.  It was decided to do sex change procedures on this one and to raise him as a girl.  The child did not know about this and as he grew older, he began having gender confusion issues.  (I guess he felt like a boy in a girl’s body.)  I’m not sure what has become of this person.

I’m not sure what point I’m making.  It just occurred to me to share this memory.

You might be referring to David Reimer.  He committed suicide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

Yeah.  I see.  The moral of the story seems to be that we shouldn’t try to change someone’s gender identity.  One’s particular innate biology, is likely too much of an over-riding factor.

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