Before you read the
story of my life, I wish to make a statement that perhaps very few
of you really know. And that is -
Every child, from the
time of conception to the age of nine weeks, is double or no
sexed, being both male and female in the one body. Then the
weaker sexes lies dormant and the stronger sex comes to the fore
to developed, and determine the sex of the child at birth.
It would be logical
for me to say then, that in my particular case, both sexes being
strong, they both were predominant at birth.
There are many
question asked of and about, and my condition. I shall in
a general attempt to answer them herein. However, I shall
first touch upon the double sex problem.
HERMAPHRODITE, as it
is called is defined in the Standard Dictionary as "That which
sexual characteristics of both male and female in the same
Some writers claim
that ADAM was the first HERMAPHRODITE, and support this by all
In some of the
ancient poets we find traces of an Egyptian Legend in which the
goddess of the Moon was both male and female.
Mythology, Hermaphroditus was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite,
and that he had the powers of both father and mother.
Ovid and Virgil both
refer to legendary hermaphrodites, and the knowledge of their
existence was prevalent in olden times.
A FEW CASES
in late years have reported cases where the person involved
believed him or herself to be a man or a woman, until middle
life, when the opposite sex asserted itself within the same
Catherine or Charles
Hoffman, born in Germany, in 1824, was considered a female until
the age of 46. She married a woman and lived happily with
her for some years.
LeFort of France believed herself to be a woman for many years,
and in 1864 came to the Hotel Dieu asking treatment for
Pleurisy. At that time she or he was about 65 years of
age, but presented the appearance of a venerable old man with a
long white beard. After two months this patient died.
An autopsy was held and the essentials of both sexes were then
discovered in that same body.
Adelide Preville was
married as a female and lived as such. The last ten years
of her life were spent in France. When dead, the body was
discovered to be that of a man and a woman.
questions arise and extraordinary complications occur thus
leaving much yet to be discussed legally and socially as to this
condition we call Hermaphroditism.
Mother nature knows
no right, she knows no wrong, yet furnishes enough marvels to
set one thinking. The marvelous is the unusual, yet that
which is unusual is not necessarily miraculous. The real
wonder is that people exist at all, and in the face of mother
nature's great performance of miracles, ordinary freakdom pales
AS TO MYSELF
I was born in San
Francisco, California, in 1912 of normal parentage, being the
youngest of our children having one sister who was like myself.
She lived to the age of twelve years when an operation was
performed to remove the male sex organ of her body, blood
poisoning set up and took her life. I was an eight months
child, and weighed twenty pounds at birth. My Mother died
at my birth never knowing my condition.
Many persons have
offered me their sympathy, which I appreciate the spirit in
which it is given, I don not seek it, as I'm well and happy, and
after all that is all that really matters.
I can legally be
married to either a man or a woman anywhere in the country and
have had many chances to do so, but as yet have never considered
it. I am afraid I would be a terrible disappointment to a
woman and much more so to a man.
I must go through
life childless as I could never conceive and carry a child the
full length time due to formation of the male sex of my body.
My dress is female
as my life is that of a woman. I maintain a male wardrobe
for my own amusement, and to appear once in a while in it to
escape public detection.
I thank you kindly,
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