Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Post: Someone You Know Is Faie by Lianne Simon


Today we have a guest post from Lianne Simon, author of Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite. Her book is available for FREE until September 31, 2012. To get a copy, go to http://www.facebook.com/MuseItUp and click on LIKE. Then PM MuseItUp Publishing with your name, e-mail address, the date, and the name of the book you want. Here's a synopsis:

“Born between the sexes, Jamie must leave behind a young girl's dreams to become the man her family expects. Jamie was born with a testis, an ovary, and a pixie face. He could be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least, that's what his parents always say; but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. When a medical student tells Jamie that he should have been raised female, he explores and discovers the life he could have as a girl. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Read an excerpt HERE!

Someone You Know Is Faie by Lianne Simon:

Yes. Someone you know. No, really. One in every two thousand or so babies is born with a DSD—a Disorder of Sex Development. Hermaphrodite. Intersex. Disorder.There’s no politically-correct label for it, you know. But faie is an old word that means enchanted. It captures the sense of otherness that clings to some people’s lives. 
The girl with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome may not even realize she’s faie until she’s sixteen or so. The tall girl might have a nice body shape by that age, but no pubic hair and no period. Outside she’s just a normal girl. Instead of a uterus and ovaries inside, she has testes. Her body doesn’t know what to do with testosterone, but a little gets converted to estrogen. That’s why her curves developed. 
Or that delightful short lady—four-foot-eight—she might have Turner Syndrome. Her ovaries went through menopause before she was born, so she had to take estrogen to have her puberty. 
A few faie babies are born with ambiguous genitals. What’s between their legs leaves the doctors guessing what sex they are. Flip a coin if you must—they don’t want little hermaphrodites running around. Someone might faint when the baby's diapers get changed. So they surgically alter most of them to look female, on the theory that they’ll become happy little girls. Especially if you never let them find out what happened to them. But secrets like that are impossible to keep. Can you blame that angry teenager for hating the people who cut off her little post, replaced it with a hole, lied to her about it, and forced a more feminine gender on her? And if she acts too much like a boy it’s her fault? 
Jameson Kirkpatrick—the protagonist in Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite—he’s the rarest of the faie—his family wouldn’t allow any surgery. Jamie was born with one testis and one ovary. His doctors wanted to remove everything and call him a girl, but his parents refused. After all, most kids with his condition want to be boys. Is it right to castrate a kid just because his post is too small, and he has to sit down to pee? Is that what being a boy or a girl is all about? The doctors didn’t like it, but they wrote male on the baby’s birth certificate. 
In a few years it became apparent that Jamie considered herself a girl. After some resistance, her parents allowed her to live as one. But where Jamie was born it took a parent and a physician to correct a birth certificate. The doctors still thought surgery a good idea—although too small for a boy, Jamie’s post was too large for a girl. But Jamie’s parents again said no, and so she remained legally male. 
When Jamie was nine, the local authorities discovered that the boy was being home schooled as a girl. Not many had even heard of transgender in 1963. And home schooling was illegal. The Kirkpatricks were faced with a choice—quick surgery, or have Jamie live as a boy until they could find a doctor willing to change her birth certificate without surgery. So Jameson learned to pretend, to live in his books and his dreams. For his family. And the girl hid deep within. 
At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home for a boys’ dorm at college. By then Jameson’s act has convinced his father he’s happy as a boy. But a medical student tells Jamie he should have been raised female. Childhood memories stir and Jamie begins her perilous journey to adulthood. 
Jamie could be just like other boys after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least that’s what his parents always say—what the doctors told them to say, lest Jameson ever doubt his gender. But what if Jamie finds out just how feminine her body is—that it’s all a lie? 
Your friend may never tell you they’re faie, you know. Because everybody treats it like it’s such a big deal. Does it really matter so much if that part is a little too big or a little too small? Or if a girl has XY chromosomes? 
All Jamie wants is a normal life. Male would be cool—if he could play sports like the guys. But testosterone won’t make that possible. It’ll just put hair on her feminine face. Female would be sweet—she’d love to be a mom. But the doctors say it’s too late to be a girl now. And Mom and Dad want to help him be a boy. 
Perhaps someone should ask Jamie what she wants.

About the Author:

Lianne Simon’s father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in a home filled with love and good books.

Tiny and frail, Lianne struggled physically, but excelled at her studies. In 1970, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Miami, from which she graduated in 1973. Fond memories of her time there remain with her.

Some years later, after living in several states, and spending time abroad, Lianne settled in to the suburbs north of Atlanta, where she now lives with her husband and their cat.

While seeking answers to her own genetic anomalies, Lianne met a family whose daughter was born with one testis and one ovary. As a result of that encounter, she spent more than a decade answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of such children.

Lianne hopes that writing this book will, in some small way, contribute to the welfare of children born between the sexes.


Remember, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite is available for FREE until September 31, 2012. To get a copy, go to http://www.facebook.com/MuseItUp and click on LIKE. Then PM MuseItUp Publishing with your name, e-mail address, the date, and the name of the book you want.

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