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Unformatted text preview: Transexuality: The case of Agnes and the Nature of Gender: Agnes (1958)- referred to psychology department- 19 years old, white single- supporting herself in insurance company- had three siblings- raised catholic but didnt practice it anymore- sociologist- appearance was convincing female, tall, slim- long fine blonde hair-pretty features- just wore lipstick- feminine body and hair pattern- external genitals of a male Born a boy- birth certificate said male- until 17 she was recognized as a boy- male role had always been difficult for her- by high school it was tough- at 17 refused to complete her senior year and left hometown to visit grandmother- after end of the month left and went to a hotel. Changed to feminine clothes and went to look for a job- couldnt find one- returns to her mothers house as a female- got a job in hometown as a woman- left to go to LA- met Bill who was her boyfriend- went to UCLA- got an castration operation- became transsexual (transvestite just changes clothes) Throughout interviews insisted she be treated as a normal female- always been a female, didnt like to play rough games- playmates thought she was a sissy- portrayed herself as coy, sexually innocent, fun loving, passive, receptive, a young thing- trying to portray femininity Her penis- only good for urinating, never been erect, not asexual organ- natural appendage- when amputated, thought of it as a wart being taken off her body- didnt want to acknowledge that for 17 years she was recognized as a boy- mistaken environment forced her to be a boy Did not identify herself as a male homosexual- Im not like them-always avoided them, didnt want to be classified as them Emphasized her breast as essential to her identity- had initially hid their development-...
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ANTH 146 taught by Professor Evens during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07