By Richard Ekins, David King

Considers the therapy of gender blenders by way of the clinical framework, in literature, the click and cell intercourse strains and examines its prominence in fresh modern cultural and queer thought.

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I thought I must be homosexual—there seemed to be no other label to give to my undiagnosed and apparently unique condition, but I was very uneasy with it. When later I met lesbians my uneasiness was confirmed. I wasn’t one of them but very much heterosexual, although afflicted with the wrong genitalia. 29 MARK REES There followed a very stressful period after my fellow Wren discovered my feelings for her and threatened to report me to the Commanding Officer. Not long afterwards I was given a medical discharge with the diagnosis of ‘homosexual tendencies’.

My mother was the closer parent and remained so for the rest of her life, but it was my father who was my role model—I adored Mum, whilst wanting to be like Dad. It did not occur to me that my female peers didn’t want to be boys, nor did I consider that I was destined for womanhood myself. This was totally outside my childish scheme of life, wholly detached from my thinking, as inconceivable as the notion of becoming a giraffe. I was therefore, until puberty, happily unaware of the problems to come.

I afterwards went out to Jamaica and there met a lady who had been at my aunts’. We became engaged. I then told her of my school days. She was six years my junior, and told me how she and others envied my figure and dresses. After we were married, when we were packing for a holiday, she, without telling me, packed a complete replica of her underwear for me. I have adopted that style ever since, and must say that ladies’ 23 PETER FARRER underwear is far more comfortable than men’s. I would not on any account do without my corsets.

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