Story of Evolution/Evolution of Stories
Bryn Mawr College
14 March, 2005

The Birds, the Bees, and 5-alpha Reductase Deficiency:
Some Story Telling Background

"I was born twice: first as a baby girl ... in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy ... in August of 1974. Specialized readers may have come across me in Dr. Peter Luce's study "Gender Identity in 5-Alpha-Reductase Pseudohermaphrodites," published in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology in 1975."

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002

General: Trying to make sense of sex/gender ...

A starting placeAdding a biological perspective
sex = biology
gender = culture
identity = ?
"culture" is not independent of "biology" nor "biology" of "culture"

"self" is influenced by both and is a contributor to both

both "sex" AND "gender" are "social constructs"; so too are both "biology" and "culture"

Specific: From genes to bodies (via hormones)

Some Further References:

Pseudohermaphroditism, from General Practice Notebook

Heredity and Development

Intersex, Bristol Urological Institute

Transsexuality: An Introduction, from the Gender Trust, UK

Normal Development of the Penis and Male Urethra

Gender: In the Genes or in the Jeans?

Hermaphrodies, pseudohermaphrodites, and anomalous sexual morphology

Female Anatomy

Male Anatomy

Assortment in maternal or paternal only sets

Punnett Square Diagram of a Monohybrid Cross


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