Monday, January 21, 2013

Gender dysphoria and the womb twin survivor

I have been listening to the audiobook of The Well of Loneliness, written by Radcliffe Hall who was a lesbian and was very manly in her looks and dress.

This is a quote from a web site about her:
According to her biographer: "Believing herself a man trapped in a woman's body, she liked to be called John, assumed a male pseudonym (her father's name, significantly), and cultivated a strikingly masculine appearance, sporting cropped hair, monocles, bow-ties, smoking jackets, and pipes. A woman's best place, she proclaimed, was in the home."

Although she had enough money to live in leisure, Radclyffe Hall decided to take up writing and published several novels, including The Forge (1924), The Unlit Lamp (1924), A Saturday Life (1925) and several volumes of poetry. Her fourth novel, Adam's Breed (1926) was a best-seller and won two prestigious literary prizes, the Femina Vie Heureuse and James Tait Black.

In 1928 Radclyffe Hall published the novel, The Well of Loneliness, about the subject of lesbianism.  The publisher, Jonathan Cape, argued on the bookjacket that: "In England hitherto the subject has not been treated frankly outside the regions of scientific text-books, but that its social consequences qualify a broader and more general treatment is likely to be the opinion of thoughtful and cultured people."

Havelock Ellis, the author of argued: "I have read The Well of Loneliness with great interest because - apart from its fine qualities as a novel - it possesses a notable psychological and sociological significance. So far as I know, it is the first English novel which presents, in a completely faithful and uncompromising form, one particular aspect of sexual life as it exists among us today. The relation of certain people - who, while different from their fellow human beings, are sometimes of the highest character and the finest aptitudes - to the often hostile society in which they move presents difficult and still unsolved problems. The poignant situations which thus arise are here set forth so vividly, and yet with such complete absence of offence, that we must place Radclyffe Hall's book on a high level of distinction."

There was a campaign by the press to get the book banned. The Sunday Express argued: "In order to prevent the contamination and corruption of English fiction it is the duty of the critic to make it impossible for any other novelist to repeat this outrage. I say deliberately that this novel is not fit to be sold by any bookseller or to be borrowed from any library."
 A brilliant but deeply unhappy woman, evidently. If you are a lesbian reading this, and you feel more like a man than a woman, it may be because you had a twin before birth of the opposite sex and some of the hormones intermixed where the two placentas fused. You could even be a male/female chimera.

Despite the rights that the LGBT community are now given today, there is still a high rate of depression and even suicidal feelings.  I would recommend that all LGBT people  read this book

Everything you ever needed to know about womb twin survivors
 It could be life changing to know that all your feelings are absolutely natural and you are not crazy or weird, just a perfectly normal womb twin survivor. 

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