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GENDER DISTURBANCES

by Kenji
~ As the peculiar phenomena Guevedoche in Dominican Republic and Kwolu Aatmwol in Papua New Guinea, of outward teenage gender change came to mind, i thought i’d do a list about gender; physical and role distortions and variations from cultural norms. I have also been reminded of James Barry (c. 1792-1795 – 25 July 1865), a military surgeon in the British Army. “After graduation from the University of Edinburgh, Barry served in India and Cape Town, South Africa. By the end of his career, he had risen to the rank of Inspector General in charge of military hospitals. In his travels he not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, but also… Read more

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As the peculiar phenomena Guevedoche in Dominican Republic and Kwolu Aatmwol in Papua New Guinea, of outward teenage gender change came to mind, i thought i’d do a list about gender; physical and role distortions and variations from cultural norms.

I have also been reminded of James Barry (c. 1792-1795 – 25 July 1865), a military surgeon in the British Army. “After graduation from the University of Edinburgh, Barry served in India and Cape Town, South Africa. By the end of his career, he had risen to the rank of Inspector General in charge of military hospitals. In his travels he not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, but also the conditions of the native inhabitants. Among his accomplishments was the first successful caesarean section in Africa by a British surgeon, in which both the mother and child survived the operation. Although Barry lived his adult life as a man, it is widely believed that he was born female and named Margaret Ann Bulkley and that he chose to live as a man so that he might be accepted as a university student and be able to pursue his chosen career as a surgeon. Thus Barry would be the first female-born Briton to become a qualified medical doctor. It has also been theorized that Barry was intersex” (wiikipedia).

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Howard Hawks liked to play with gender roles, and Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were dab hands.

Suggestions welcome: transvestism, trans-sexuals, genetic gender mutations and social role reversal all included.

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