How Sex Changed Essay

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HOW SEX CHANGED .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... SEX SEX CHANGED SEX A History of Transsexuality in the United States JOANNE MEYEROWITZ .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... HOW F OR PAT SWOPE and IN MEMORY OF IRVING MEYEROWITZ C ONTENTS ........................................................................................................................................................ INTRODUCTION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SEX CHANGE “EX-GI BECOMES BLONDE BEAUTY” FROM SEX TO GENDER A “FIERCE AND DEMANDING” DRIVE SEXUAL REVOLUTIONS THE LIBERAL MOMENT THE NEXT GENERATION ABBREVIATIONS NOTES ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ILLUSTRATION CREDITS INDEX Illustrations follow page 140 1 14 51 98 130 168 208 255 288 289 343 347 349 HOW SEX CHANGED I NTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................................ O n December 1, 1952, the New York Daily News announced the “sex change” surgery of Christine Jorgensen. The front-page headline read: “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty: Operations Transform Bronx Youth,” and the story told how Jorgensen had traveled to Denmark for “a rare and complicated treatment.” For years, Jorgensen, born and reared as a boy, had struggled with what she later described as an ineffable, inexorable, and increasingly

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