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I just finished reading "The Last Time I Wore A Dress" by Daphne Scholinski. It's an autobiographical work by a woman who was put into a mental hospital at the age of 15 because she wasn't "appropriately feminine." The doctors diagnosed her with Gender Identity Disorder, and ordered her to wear makeup, become attracted to boys, and generally learn to be a proper girl. <gag>

I found it fascinating, if somewhat frightening. It's quite scary to think that I could've been tossed into a mental hospital myself if my parents had been more uptight about how I acted. I was *not* an appropriate girl...


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I loved that book when I read it several years ago. Then last year I spent a few weeks in a mental hospital, and now I appreciate the book even more. Admittedly, I was there for a better reason than not being feminine enough, but I still really related to the anguish of being in a mental hospital when you're really not crazy. It's this big mix of wanting to laugh at all the stupid rules, and the really crazy people, and how everything is just so backwards, but then it also really is terrible, for obvious reasons. The book is also cool because it has interesting gender identity questioning and sexual orientation differences thrown into the mix.

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I'll look it up. It sounds awesome.

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yes! read it! it's so very unsettling, but an excellent read. i'm very very excited; daphne scholinski is coming to baltimore to talk about the book and related issues surrounding the "gender identity disorder" diagnosis next week.
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I'll have to pick this book up.

Recently, I read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was a fictional book with a main character who is a hermaphrodite and lived the first part of his life as a girl. It was an excellent book, both touching and ultimately humorous in some parts. I'd definitely recommend it.

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