Is this the world’s first recorded successful gender reassignment? First recorded sex-change?
Is this the world’s first recorded successful ‘sex-change’?
Firstly it must be said by us at transgender zone that this still remains a rather difficult area.
The main problem is to define what a ‘sex-change’ actually is? And Next what constitutes a ‘procedure’?
The term ‘sex change’ is seen by many transpeople as incorrect, believing sex is set in the brain at birth, so this can be more accurately described as ‘genital reassignment’. But for those on the net looking for answers the term used in the title is easier to understand for lay people.
It is clear that Eunuchs have have existed for thousands of years, what percentage of them were voluntary is unknown – but many probably were volunteers.
The Roman Emperor Elagabalus (204-222) is well documented as attempting sex-change surgery – it remains unclear if this was successful.
So we have to ask this question. If castration has existed for thousands of years then what is modern medicine demanding a monopoly in?
We suggest in this context we use sterile medical procedures coupled with pharmaceuticals that bring about hormonal changes. This however should not deny recognition of the transgender culture and its ancient roots!!!
Modern medicine does not ‘own’ this process – rather the individual and modern pharmaceuticals does.
This is taken from the Encyclopeadia of Sexual Knowledge by Norman Haire (1934), An old book that I kept that belonged to my grandfather, I happened upon this text and felt this was an important social and medical document.
It catalogues the journey of “Dora_R.”
The Foot notes at the end discuss more surgery.
Images are not from the book they have been added here by the editor for illustrative purposes.
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Citation: The Encyclopedia of Sexual Knowledge 1934