no. (roses_rejoice) wrote,
no.
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Nurture.

In gender news today, blog_of_death reported the suicide of David Reimer, the boy who was raised as a girl after a botched circumcision, but managed to eventually get back to being a guy and write a book about his experience that I have been planning for some years to read.

I swear, between this and the Teena Brandon case, which seems to have been a similar situation (Brandon was born a hermaphrodite and his mom "chose" that he be made into a girl - but it didn't take) I would never even attempt to dictate a kid's gender. Plus, if I ever have a son, I am not letting them get near him with a circumcision knife. It's barbaric and weird and I seriously wonder how it's persisted this long in modern Western culture.

I wonder how much of Reimer's suicidal tendency was caused by the gender issue, how much might have been due to stuff like hormone therapy (hormones running amok cause me to feel very bad a few times a year) and how much was just the general pressure of existence.
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