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An analysis of "As Nature Made Him" by John Colapinto

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There are many different ways to be uncomfortable in one's own skin. Each individual is never satisfied with their appearance, or some other aspect of their everyday lives, like their jobs. However, there are many cases where people are so unsatisfied in their own skin that they ask for a medical procedure to fix the problem, whether it is cosmetic or something more serious and significant, like changing their gender. This is a personal decision and must be made with a lot of thought and consideration. But how would one feel if that important decision were made for them?

[...] And although her parents never told her that she'd been born a boy, one therapist reported that she repeatedly insisted she was "just a boy with long hair in girls' clothes" (Colapinto 139). While Dr. Money continuously wrote about the success of the case, and how Brenda was turning out to be her ?daddy's little sweetheart,? in reality, according to the testimony of teachers, therapists and family members, Brenda was an angry, depressed, miserable child who did not have friends and was unhappy in her own skin. [...]


[...] Money, because Bruce was born an identical twin, and his brother Brian had matching DNA so there was a genetic match that could be compared, from a psychological standpoint. If Bruce could be successfully raised as a girl, and if the procedure would turn out as planned, the question of nature versus nurture would be answered with this ?experiment? into gender identity. What is most terrifying about this experience is the fact that it was indeed an ?experiment? on a very young boy who was in a terrible position. According to Colapinto, Dr. [...]

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