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Unformatted text preview: Nature Limits: Some aspects of social life may be fixed at birth. The utility of constructionism is affirmed by the random assignment of the sex through primitive contemporary procedures. This is a creature of sociology and technology, not the science of genetics. Should we allow a child with ambiguous genitals to grow up "as nature made them," and allow them to gravitate toward their own sexual destiny? D. Freaks Leslie Fiedler: Freaks Prior to the 20c, freaks were defined as "Prodigies". Their differences were accepted as a tolerable form of physical eccentricity, rather than a source of contempt. It was modern medicine's arrogance, or hubris , that all deformities can be cured, which defined freaks as deviants. Today freaks stir fear in normals' definitions of : Normalcy Childhood Myths Sexuality and Gender The freak projects our "infantile or adolescent traumas". They manifest or dramatize our "primordial fears about scale, sexuality our status as more than beast and our tenuous...
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