the boy who was raised as a girl

I've written about the case of David Reimer both in this blog and in my book. This landmark case study proved psychologist John Money was incorrect in his ideas and that you could not have someone who wasn't transgender undergo a gender transition as a way to make up for a botched circumcision. Despite being raised as Brenda, David felt male all along because the perception of our own gender lies between our ears.

Money couldn't believe his luck because David was a twin and so he could study both as they grew. What he ultimately witnessed disappointed him.

What is heart breaking about this case is that 4 years after this appearance on Oprah, David would take his own life at the tender age of 34.


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