Blending Genders by Richard Ekins

By Richard Ekins

Considers the remedy of gender blenders by way of the clinical framework, in literature, the click and mobilephone intercourse traces and examines its prominence in contemporary modern cultural and queer concept.

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This was the sort of society newspaper typical of the time. There was a large section devoted to news of society, about the gentry, peerage and royalty of Britain and the world, set out in a series of miscellaneous paragraphs. In addition there were reviews of the arts, books and theatre and a fashion column, perhaps also some business and financial news. Most of these newspapers printed readers’ letters. Society had letters about corsets in 1893–1894, 1899 and 1900. I cite parts of five examples.

The first example I give describes the pleasures of wearing ladies’ boots. The second example is from the first account of a petticoat punishment. 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.

My consultant agreed and prescribed methyl testostrone. I knew that the process would be long and arduous, but once I’d taken the hormone the depression which had hung over me since puberty lifted. I felt a new person, both mentally and physically. At the age of 28 I was about to start living. BECOMING A MAN—PHYSICALLY Practically and emotionally, becoming a man, physically, was the least difficult part of my role reassignment. It was, however, the most frustrating because it was only a compromise.

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