This article by our Kathryn of Exposing The Lie and The Children 1st Podcast is based upon the findings from the book “As Nature Made Him, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl” By John Colapinto. Based upon real accounts of events from David Reimer (the boy who was raised as a girl) with Medical Records from throughout his whole life, Colapinto delivers a very powerful clearance to the belief that nurture is more powerful than nature, in the case of sexual identity.
On the 22nd August 1965 in Winnipeg, Canada, a pair of perfectly healthy twin boys were born to Ron and Janet Reimer.
At seven months of age, both boys, Bruce and Brian, developed “phimosis” – a condition where the foreskin becomes too tight around the penis, and were scheduled in to have a circumcision to correct the problem.
Unfortunately, during the operation, the surgeon burnt the phallus of Bruce Reimer in a tragic accident, leaving the infant with a burnt, small piece of crusty flesh, where his penis once was. His brother Brian’s circumcision wasn’t performed.
This was devastating for the Reimers. They couldn’t understand how it could happen during a routine operation. Janet states that she assumed they’d use a knife, like the usual standard procedure, instead of the unconventional method using electricity. They watched in torment over the next few weeks as bits of what was left of Bruce’s penis broke off in small pieces. Janet cried every time she changed Bruce’s nappy and was in shock for almost a year. They were lost and didn’t know what to do next. Their prayers were about to be answered. While they were watching TV one evening, they were drawn to a calm, well-mannered Dr of psychology, Dr John Money, who spoke eloquently and confidently about the current research and advancements in genital surgery for infants with ambiguous, damaged, or deformed genitalia.
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