GENDER DISORDERS: Does Nurture Trump Nature for “Intersex” Kids?
M or F? For most of us, "male or female?" is the easiest question to answer on the census form or the SATs. Not so for the approximately 1 in 2,000 "intersex" children born each year with ambiguous genitalia and related disorders. California Healthline columnist Jeff Stryker looks at the latest revelations about the John/Joan case, involving a Canadian boy who was raised as a girl after losing his penis in a botched circumcision. Long cited for the proposition that nurture trumps nature, recent disclosures reveal that the original lessons gleaned from John/Joan's experience may have been exactly wrong.
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