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New PDF release: Blending Genders

By Richard Ekins

ISBN-10: 0203201477

ISBN-13: 9780203201473

Considers the remedy of gender blenders by way of the clinical framework, in literature, the click and mobilephone intercourse traces and examines its prominence in contemporary modern cultural and queer thought.

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From the hundreds of letters available, I include parts of six examples. ‘Grateful’ came to enjoy the punishment imposed on him. ‘Alfred’ was caught trying on his aunt’s clothes, but she encouraged him and so does his wife. ‘A Boy who is a Girl’ had feminine tastes early on and was confirmed in them by his guardians. The war made no difference either to the letters or to the attitude of the correspondents. ‘Subaltern’ dressed up for the last time before going to the front. ‘Teddy’ was forced by a friend to get the ‘kink’.

I was consumed with anger, despair and anguish. My body was repugnant, something alien, almost a deformity, although as far as breast development was concerned, that was never very great—but sufficient to cause me abhorrence. It was paradoxical that whilst supposingly passing into womanhood I was apparently becoming more ambiguous, judging by the number of mistakes made about my sex, not to mention the deliberate jeers. Even when I was wearing ostensibly female attire people thought me male. The caretaker at my new college tried to allocate me a locker in the boys’ cloakroom, irrespective of the fact that I was dressed in a skirt and nylons 28 BECOMING A MAN at the time—a somewhat embarrassing encounter since it took place in front of several other students.

Alfred’ was caught trying on his aunt’s clothes, but she encouraged him and so does his wife. ‘A Boy who is a Girl’ had feminine tastes early on and was confirmed in them by his guardians. The war made no difference either to the letters or to the attitude of the correspondents. ‘Subaltern’ dressed up for the last time before going to the front. ‘Teddy’ was forced by a friend to get the ‘kink’. Again, nothing untoward or undesirable is seen as attaching to the ‘kink’, and the friend’s three sisters and servants all accept it.

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