Blending Genders by Richard Ekins

By Richard Ekins

Considers the remedy of gender blenders by way of the scientific framework, in literature, the clicking and mobile intercourse traces and examines its prominence in fresh modern cultural and queer thought.

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Didn’t I make matters worse by walking like a boy? I was accused of being abnormal, especially because I refused to wear a bra. I was seen as awkward. No one seemed to understand that I hadn’t set out to be awkward but was just behaving in a way which seemed natural. Had it not been for the feeling of shame and guilt over my problem I might have sought professional help sooner than I did. It took the combined efforts of my ‘assertive and confident’ childhood friend and a sympathetic college tutor to get me to see a doctor.

It was printed in the Supplement from April to December, 1870 which was devoted entirely to correspondence about corporal punishment. ‘Etonensis’ wrote opposing physical punishment. In its place he proposed ‘love’ and ‘shame’. He had experienced ‘love’ in the kindness shown to him by a master at Eton, and shame when his governess dressed him in his sister’s clothes for failure to learn his geography lesson. Example 1 Robin Adair—The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Having myself a small and rather ladylike foot, I got Mr.

There was not the slightest danger of anyone suspecting that the pretty, well-dressed girl, apparently, of about sixteen, was really an unfortunate boy. I had to endure three years of this bondage, and became so soft and effeminate that, when the death of the lady who adopted me made me independent, I went back to the garb and habits of my own sex with reluctance and difficulty. B. —Society My father died when I was two years old, and my mother purchased a small young ladies’ boarding school in a country town, and, acting under advice, she determined to bring me up as a girl, until circumstances made it possible for her to do without the aid of the school.

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