Can Gender Be “Assigned” At Birth?

Several decades ago, psychologist Dr. John Money advanced what has become known as “the theory of gender neutrality.” The basic idea was that, in terms of gender, everyone comes into the world a blank slate. In Money’s own words: “It seems that every child is born with some predisposition to go both ways. Which way it will finally go is determined by its environment." Money had the opportunity to put this theory to the test when he was contacted by a concerned mother who did not know what to do after her infant son's penis was accidentally destroyed by a cauterizing iron during a routine circumcision.
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