David Reimer Case Summary

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• Question 4: How does the case of “John/Joan” (David Reimer) support the view of sex as a category based on nature? How does this case support the view of sex as socially constructed and enforced?
Reading about the case of John/Joan it definitely supports the view of sex as a category of nature. When a child is born they are born as a female or male. When the parents and the doctor decided to do reconstructive surgery they took away David Reimer`s chance to decide who he wanted to be. Raising David as a female (when he was biologically a male) and giving him girl toys to play with and dressing him in skirts and dresses was reinforcing something David knew did not feel right. This supports how the view of sex is socially constructed, because

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