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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who was Raised as a Girl

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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who was Raised as a Girl

Brian and Bruce Reimer were born in Canada and for reasons were not subjected to circumcision until the age of about 8 months. A terrible accident happened during Bruce's circumcision with the cautery machine and his penis was destroyed. As a result, Brian was not circumcised because Bruce was done (injured) first. Obviously, the parents were at a loss for what to do to help their son, but the opinion of multiple specialists was that nothing could be done for Bruce. 

Enter Dr. Money. Dr. Money was a sex researcher with the umbrella of working at John Hopkins University. Dr. Money was a proponent of the idea that gender was totally a social construct and that any child could be raised as either a boy or a girl. He was doing the rounds of TV shows in the early sixties when on one fateful day, Bruce's mother was watching and was captivated by what he promoted. Could they? Should they convert their little boy into a girl?

She contacted Dr. Money, and this was his dream come true to prove his theories. A pair of twins with one to be the control (Brian, the uninjured one) and Bruce to be the experiment. It was decided to do just that, raise Bruce as a girl. He was castrated, given feminine clothing, and his name was changed to Brenda. (From now on ... Bruce, Brenda, and David will be interchangable names for Bruce and pronouns may be referred to the sex of the name being used.)   

Dr. Money's theory of childhood sex rehearsal play was referenced thru a large number of books, papers, and speeches lasting over a quarter century. Other researchers were to note that many of the events he referenced in his theories developed thru observation of a primitive society never happened!                                                           

Brenda had to endure from Dr Money repeated attempts to discuss creating a vagina, made to look at pornography, forced to disrobe and inspect each others (the twins) privates, forced to simulate sexual activity with her twin brother at the age of seven. Dr. Money even suggested the parents have sex in front of their children. Brenda ultimately began to find she had to create answers to satisfy Dr Money. Dr. Money was focused on genital surgery to further create female sexual anatomy for Brenda. Brenda would not even discuss the subject with him and he often behaved very nastily towards her in the privacy of his office while the parents thought he was doing wonders for their daughter.
  
Brenda was the more dominant of the two children. She frequently was in fights at school and never really fit in with boys or girls. She also never felt like a girl but did not know and it was hidden from her what had happened to her.

Brenda and her family lived in Winnepeg. The family made annual trips to John Hopkins to see Dr. Money. These sessions were a nightmare for Brenda. Child psychologists cooperated with Dr. Money thru the years of psychological treatment from a parade of different clinicians. 

The emotional toll on Brenda was immense and included problems within the family and at school. Brenda was developing severe emotional problems. Much attention was focused on Brenda's problems leaving Brian with markedly less attention. 

Finally when Brenda was threatening to commit suicide, at about the age of fourteen, if she ever had to go back to John Hopkins and at the advice of one of her psychologists, she was told what had happened to her. She at that moment had only one question, "what was my name?" She immediately ceased to have anything to do with female clothing, lifestyle, etc, and changed her name to David.

Keep in mind that David had been castrated so he was without testosterone. He began taking testosterone. However, he would not be able to have children. 

Needless to say, this caused shockwaves thru the academic world as Dr. Money's reputation took a severe hit when this child that he boasted to the academic world was doing fine with her feminine identity was found to be severely disturbed and had returned to being a boy. The amazing thing of this book was how Dr Money manipulated the scientific world for decades and his influence is still felt in the world of gender studies.

After this book was published, first Brian and then David killed themselves.

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How sad is that?? To me even though Dr Money did all of this, I blame the parents for allowing this to happen!!

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2 hours ago, phkrause said:

How sad is that?? To me even though Dr Money did all of this, I blame the parents for allowing this to happen!!

It is sad, however, the parents were doing the best they could in a terrible situation which they did allow. However, they were deceived as many many parents are by a corrupt medical establishment that says this barbaric practice is best for the boy and will prevent a host of ills ranging from cancer, disease, being laughed at in the locker room, to "don't you want him to look like dad?" Everything they offer can be knocked down with ease and there is no rational acceptable excuse for this practice other than the doctors make lots of money. Pediatricians and Ob/Gyns fight over who will get to do the procedure (and pocket the cash). It is corrupt and people are starting to wake up to this.

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Regarding the book ... the author did spend a large part of the book looking at research into gender and the heredity vs environment question. It is very interesting how Dr. Money's "research" played into social beliefs. If you do not know the history of the academic fight over gender research, it can be hard to really make a good informed decision regarding this issue.

I am sure there must be other books that also look into the history of gender research, although I have not looked for them.

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11 minutes ago, B/W Photodude said:

However, they were deceived as many many parents are by a corrupt medical establishment that says this barbaric practice is best for the boy and will prevent a host of ills ranging from cancer, disease, being laughed at in the locker room, to "don't you want him to look like dad?"

The corruption of the medical establishment is unethical to the point that many parents are threatened with being reported to CPS or having their child taken away. If a parent says no to this procedure, they often will be hounded over and over again regarding it. OB docs will even try to do this procedure before the child even leaves the delivery room! (Make sure those pediatricians don't sneak in and do it and pocket the cash before they do!)

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