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Beneath the Surface

There was a graduate student in the HDFL program for a number of years who was born a hermaphrodite and they were often confused in crowded public situations and even had a helper dog that kept them moving in the direction they wanted to go. There was also a recent episode of "This American Life" about a man who suddenly had no testosterone and a woman that was giving herself 8-10 times the amount a man might normally have. Interesting things happened with both of them: the man without testosterone started to have an almost "godlike" detachment to what went on in the world, the woman turned into a sexist pig!

April 5, 2008 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )