As Nature Made Him
While reading the first half of the following book “As Nature Made Him” I was shocked and mostly disappointed in the way things played out for this family. No family should ever deserve for this type of event to happen to them, but it did. I think that David’s parents decision was in there best interest for David but it only ended up hurting not only him but the whole family. Not to mention the pressure that Dr. Money put on them to change their child sex from boy to girl.
At first I thought that his plan was the best option that David’s family had it sounded like the only option. But as I continued to read I started to get the feeling that Dr. Money interest in this case was only to get some sort of famous status for his latest experiment. I was even more shocked the way he would treat the twins in their annual visit with him. Once he started to notice that his ‘experiment’ wasn’t going as planned he would do horrible things to the twins especially David to make sure he knew that he was a ‘girl’. David’s parent and everyone else always treated and made sure to David that he was a girl. Dressing him up as a girl buying him girl toys but it only made him more confused because he felt like a boy on the inside.
This is where gender roles come in David felt he was a boy but society and his parents tried to make him believe he was a girl by dressing him like a girl making him act like a girl. They were trying to Nurture him into this gender role but they couldn’t because in reality nature had made him a boy. His parents were so terrified he wouldn’t have a normal life as a boy, that he wouldn’t be the same as other boys and that they were afraid he wouldn’t fit in with the rest because he was missing the most important part that made him a boy. Of course they would think this but when they turned him into a girl I think it did more damage to him growing up than it would have if he didn’t have a normal working boy organ. He felt so alone and often referred to himself as an ‘it’ because he felt like a boy but on the outside he was a girl. Which in my opinion just made it worse on the child and not to mention his twin brother was also affected by the way his ‘sister’ acted.