Synopsys: Biography of a healthy baby boy (one of 2 twins) whose gender was reassigned at 7 mo old. His sex-psychologist Dr. Money made/saved his own cSynopsys: Biography of a healthy baby boy (one of 2 twins) whose gender was reassigned at 7 mo old. His sex-psychologist Dr. Money made/saved his own career at the expense of this baby boy. This case study makes a compelling argument that gender identity is borne of biology and not malleable by nurture. In the 25 years since Money's twins case was first published, as many as 15,000 similar sex reassignments may have been performed globally. This doc, and "the medical establishment" behind such practice never admitted fault.
A 1997 Rolling Stone article by the author, a precursor to this book:
BBC documentary series "Horizon" based two episodes on David Reimer: "The Boy who was Turned into a Girl" (2000) and "Dr. Money and the Boy with No Penis" (2004)
In popular culture:
TV series "Chicago Hope" season 6 episode "Boys Will Be Girls" (2000) was based on Reimer's life and the child's right to consent to sexual reassignment
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 6 episode "Identity" (2005) was based on the twin's lives and their treatment by evil doctor
===== Some key quotes from Colapinto's 1997 essay:
Dr. Money .. a fierce proselytizer for sexual exploration. An acknowledged bisexual .. the mid-1970s, with the sexual revolution in full rampage, Money would step out publicly as a champion of open marriage, nudism and the dissemination of explicit pornography.
Diamond's critique (of Dr. Money) appeared in The Quarterly Review of Biology in 1965. "To support [such a] theory," Diamond wrote, "we have been presented with no instance of a normal individual appearing as an unequivocal male and being reared successfully as a female."
It was a year and a half after Diamond had thrown down the gauntlet that Dr. Money received Linda Thiessen's letter describing the terrible circumcision accident that had befallen her baby boy.
Parents' education at the time did not go beyond the sixth grade. 12 yrs meeting w Money.
December 1972 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. that John Money unveiled, for the first time, his "twins case." Time magazine ran a full-page story on the debut.
In the 25 years since Money's twins case was first published, as many as 15,000 similar sex reassignments may have been performed globally ... in virtually every major country, with the possible exception of China and India.
Annual / 18-mo apart visit to Money from the twins from 6 years old onwards.
After almost four years of fruitlessly trying to implement Dr. Money's plan, several physicians (who treated Reimer locally) experienced a change of heart.
March 1980 told the truth, sex change back to male complete b4 turning 16. Happily married in 20s.
----- Ch.8 starts with a few pages on Kim Chong's story, a teen abductee in 1995 from Dallas, TX who was trafficked to OK, then to Vegas as a slave. Chong was an 18 year-old Korean-American sold to customers as a 13 year-old Japanese. She witnessed the operations of organized rings and planned her 1997 escape by becoming a "madam". She described her customers as mostly white men, a good number of which in the "respectable" category of our society: lawyers, doctors, clergy, police, businessmen, ..
The author, a Georgian resident, went on to describe stretches of highways in the south (one takes 3 hours from end to end), in the heart of bible belt states where billboards of message parlors and personal services are as big and bright and persistent as casino billboards leading to Vegas.
"Eden" ("The Abduction of Eden" in DVD) is a 2012 movie based on Chong's story, in which the ring's leader is a US Marshall. I don't know how much of it was fictionalized. ...more