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I am reading "Unpacking Queer Politics" by Shiela Jeffreys (2003), at the recommendation of someone here to my question of How Did This Happen. I hope you all don't mind the occasional post as I go. The passage below shocked me, re my ignorance at how long the transing of lesbians has been going on.

Woman-loving does not survive well in male-dominated queer politics. In a mixed movement the resources, influence and just sheer numbers of men give them the power to create cultural norms. As a result, some lesbians became so disenchanted with their lesbianism, and even their femaleness, that there are presently hundreds, if not thousands, of lesbians in the UK and the USA who have ‘transitioned’ - i.e. adopted the identity not just of males but of gay males with the help of testosterone and mutilating operations (Devor 1999).

I am reading "Unpacking Queer Politics" by Shiela Jeffreys (2003), at the recommendation of someone here to my question of How Did This Happen. I hope you all don't mind the occasional post as I go. The passage below shocked me, re my ignorance at how long the transing of lesbians has been going on. > Woman-loving does not survive well in male-dominated queer politics. In a mixed movement the resources, influence and just sheer numbers of men give them the power to create cultural norms. As a result, some lesbians became so disenchanted with their lesbianism, and even their femaleness, that there are presently hundreds, if not thousands, of lesbians in the UK and the USA who have ‘transitioned’ - i.e. adopted the identity not just of males but of gay males with the help of testosterone and mutilating operations (Devor 1999).

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It isn't online as far as I know. I found it in the final chapter of Cohen-Kettenis P. T., & Pfäfflin, F. (2003). Transgenderism and intersexuality in childhood and adolescence: Making choices.

Here are my notes from the book:

• 1912 - FtM in Berlin - removal of breasts and hysterectomy; had her ovaries removed 9 years later; working as a painter; died of TB in 1924

• 1920 - MtF in Berlin - castrated; ovary implanted in 1921; penis hidden subcutaneously and made a vagina; patient reverted to living as a man, had detransition surgery, lived with a woman, worked as a physician

• 1922 - MtF in Berlin - castration; penectomy 1931; neovagina same year later on; "Dora" housekeeper in institute (Urban Hospital, Berlin)

• Lilli Elbe (Niels Hoyer) - 1930 operation in Berlin; published autobiography 1932 after death from sepsis

Doctors were worried about getting into trouble with the law for cutting away healthy tissue, so it was kept on the hush-hush for a long time. All this was in Germany.

I thought I had a photocopy/scan of that chapter but can't find it.

It's a shame there aren't names for all of these people. Thank you very much for your notes and naming the text. Really appreciate it!