Item description for Sugar and Spice and Puppy Dog Tails: Growing Up Intersexed by Katherine Connella...
Hermaphrodite! It's a word which usually invokes snickers or eye-rolling. But for those people born a combination of genders (estimated to be about 1 in 2000), it can be heartwrenching: a life lived in silence, secrets and fear.
Actress/author Katherine Connella steps out of the shadows to frankly reveal her childhood and adolescence growing up intersexed. Deemed a boy a birth (in spite of full female interior organs and irregular genitalia), she fought her whole life to prove what she was: a female. Katherine discusses survival of a number of traumas: incest, medical abuse, mental hospitalization, chemical-induced manic depression and a series of sexual assaults. Yet through it all, she writes with a spirit of humor and a positive outlook.
"I know my life would have been bizarre under any circumstances," Katherine chuckles today. "But being intersexed added an entirely new and dark layer to the big picture."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.95" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 9, 2001
ISBN 1929072708 ISBN13 9781929072705
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Intensely personal and moving Sep 20, 2001
I've read very few memoirs as utterly revealing and no-holds-barred as Katherine Connella's powerful coming of age story. Born intersexed at a time when the condition was a complete medical mystery (it's only now becoming broadly discussed in the medical community), Connella was raised as a boy, all the while knowing deep down that she was indeed female. Her tale takes you through mental institutions, violence, discrimination, and misunderstanding, yet she clearly tells this difficult tale from a survivor's perspective.
If you're curious about intersexuality and eager to learn about it from a personal rather than a clinical point of view, I wholeheartedly recommend Connella's brave, moving book.