A play about Human Genital Mutilation: BOY: by Anna Ziegler

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY. Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

Based on a true story … Human Genital Mutilation, “the terrible accident”, a circumcision, of a baby boy went badly wrong with the penis being totally amputated – the Doctors decide to “re-assign” female gender to make good their mistake – which does not work out – as he was a boy “inside”…

The play’s pundits and some promoters are talking about intersex children as a result of its production – which is great – although this child was not born intersex – he had the wrong gender purposefully allotted as a result of a botched circumcision. Medical curiosity? Penis transplants were not available back then…

Facebook: Keen Company

BOY WORLD PREMIERE, Keen Company March 2016

NY Times Review: Man Deals With Gender Cards He’s Given (Not Born With)

“The play is inspired by the true story of David Peter Reimer, whose genitalia were mutilated during a botched medical circumcision when he was an infant. His parents consulted John Money, a specialist in gender identity, who believed that gender was determined more by nurture than nature and encouraged them to raise David as a girl.

The ways in which Money’s approach backfired are chronicled in John Colapinto’s fascinating book “As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl” (2001), a grim portrait of a tortured soul. Dealing with the same subject, “Boy” is so determined not to be sensational or bleak that it bleaches itself of troubling complexity.”

The saddest thing is that this person’s life would never have been so disrupted if Human Genital Mutilation of children was banned…



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