"Transgenderous" The Rice Thrasher, V 64 N 19, 11/11/76
Transsexual to Speak
Bobby Bennet and Phyllis Frye will appear this Friday at 3:30 in Sewell Hall 301 to present their conflicting opinions about transsexuality.
Bennett is planning to undergo an operation at Hermann Hospital to change his sex from male to female sometime in the near future. Because of a hormone imbalance in which female hormones predominate in his body, Bennett finds that his mental state is more female than male. Because of this he has decided to seek surgery that would resolve this conflict.
Phyllis Frye prefers to be called transgenderous rather than transsexual. Frye points out that most of the things we consider to be characteristics of sexuality are really characteristics of gender. Such things as speech, gestures and clothing determine the sex of a person as it appear to most of the people that person comes into contact with. Frye plans no operation but wishes to assume a female gender identity.
This presentation has been arranged by Dr. Ken Leiter of the Sociology Department as part of a class on face-to-face interaction.