Hermaphrodites is the biological term for an organism that has reproductive organs of both female and male sexes. Hermaphroditic plants are called monoecious, or bisexual. Hermaphroditic animals are mostly invertebrates and usually parasitic or slow-moving like snails. In humans, hermaphroditism is an extremely rare sex anomaly. A true hermaphrodite is an individual who has both ovarian and testicular tissue [Encyclopædia Britannica]. Today we have a rich knowledge on the subject but back in 1997 it was a different scenario.
A 7-year-old girl came to the Soho Square Dispensary for the Relief of the Infant Poor with her parents for treatment. The doctors' opinions differs. The first doctor's opinion was hernia but the second doctor's opinion was hermaphrodites. This case was documented as "the case of a boy who had been mistaken for a girl; with three anatomical views of the parts, before and after the operation and cure." The paper was sitting in the college's rare books library in the University of Kansas. In the early 2000s, Carol Warren — then a professor of sociology of the university — stumbled upon the report.
According to Brand's report, published in 1787, he noticed an "irregularity" in the patient’s "external parts." After further examination, he concluded that the child’s "part, which had the appearance of the labia pudenda, was in fact the scrotum," and suggested an "operation to free the penis from its confinement." He went ahead and made some alterations, enabling the child—whose name is unknown—"to urinate standing up, wear trousers, and enjoy the privileges of being a male." Brand, who practiced at the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, was "not a quack," according to Mary Fissell, a professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins [Alice Robb, New Republic]. This may be may describe one of the earliest instances of sex-change surgery. For Dr Brand he actually corrected the child's gender. Was it possible for Dr Brand to correct the child sex to female?
The child that Dr Brand operated was a girl for the first 7 years of her life. After having his penis liberated from its confinements, this child led a life of a boy and goes into manhood. It show that gender roles can be trained or taught. In am curious about the initial gender adjustment period that this child went through.
ENDIes are populating London due to the high cost of living. Back in the good times several decades ago, the acronym YUPies (Young Urban Professionals) dominates the streets of London. In bad economic times the acronym ENDIes (Employed with No Disposal Income) roam the streets discontented.
The Centre for London - an organization aimed at connecting, researching, influencing for a better London - report says a million workers can hardly make ends meet. They felt ignored and overworked. Charles Leadbeater, the authors of the report note: "While 'endies' don't complain, they are increasingly disenchanted with the political system. Unless London does better by them, the city's politics could easily turn sour." Leadbeater was a former adviser to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
I’d like to think of my parent’s subtly liberal. They never shout progressive statements from the windows or write angry blog posts, but when a situation comes along that requires an open mind (like my brother coming out of the closet) they always blow me away with how accepting they are. As a child, my parents didn’t talk to me about sex very often. In fact, I can’t remember ever having a birds and bees conversation with them. Then again, I’ve been known to have a strikingly terrible memory of my childhood, complete with fictitious tales and forgotten pets. Nevertheless, I’ve been around a few children in the past year and have been able to pick up on techniques their parents use that perhaps I can’t exactly remember my parents using. Most of them baffle me.
When having dinner at my boyfriend’s house, I remembered an optical illusion we had been shown in introductory pyschology that apparently would be perceived differently by different age groups:
Basically, younger children will see a bunch of dolphins, while more mature people will see two naked lovers (if you’re having trouble even making out the dolphins, it’s probably because you’re the type of person who reads blogs about sex). My boyfriend’s step-sister’s step-child (phew) was with us and I figured I’d never get another chance to try the experiment out on account of my inherent avoidance of small children. When I told Tasha the photo could potentially be inappropriate, she asked if it was of a “P-E-N-I-S”. I probably should mention that her child is of the male sex and in turn owns a “P-E-N-I-S”.
Again, I very rarely share the company of small children, so this impromptu spelling test sort of surprised me. Why couldn’t she just have said penis? It’s not a curse word by any means. And it’s not explicitly a sexual word either; it’s simply a body part that all biological males possess. We don’t make up cutesy euphemistic terms for arms or fingers, do we? But apparently penis is a naughty word, and you should instead convert to saying “pee pee” when you want to refer to that certain organ. Ugh.