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WGBH Forum Network; Pagan Kennedy: The First Man-Made Man

03/20/2007

Pagan Kennedy: The First Man-Made Man Pagan Kennedy, author Indie legend Pagan Kennedy celebrates her latest book, The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution. In the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman's body, there were no words to describe her condition; "transsexuals" had yet to enter common usage. And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes. Laura Dillon did all she could on her own: she cut her hair, dressed in men's clothing, bound her breasts with a belt. But in a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine. From upper-class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian, from post-surgery romance with Roberta Cowell (an early male-to-female) to self-imposed exile in India, Kennedy tells Michael Dillon's incredible story, revealing the struggles of early transsexuals and challenging conventional notions of what gender really means.


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Pagan Kennedy: The First Man-Made Man
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PAGAN KENNEDY: THE FIRST MAN-MADE MAN PAGAN KENNEDY, AUTHOR

INDIE LEGEND PAGAN KENNEDY CELEBRATES HER LATEST BOOK, THE FIRST MAN-MADE MAN: THE STORY OF TWO SEX CHANGES, ONE LOVE AFFAIR, AND A TWENTIETH-CENTURY MEDICAL REVOLUTION.

IN THE 1920S WHEN LAURA DILLON FELT LIKE A MAN TRAPPED IN A WOMAN'S BODY, THERE WERE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HER CONDITION; "TRANSSEXUALS" HAD YET TO ENTER COMMON USAGE. AND THERE WAS NO KNOWN SOLUTION TO BEING STUCK BETWEEN THE SEXES. LAURA DILLON DID ALL SHE COULD ON HER OWN: SHE CUT HER HAIR, DRESSED IN MEN'S CLOTHING, BOUND HER BREASTS WITH A BELT. BUT IN A DESPERATE BID TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN, SHE EXPERIMENTED WITH BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES THAT ULTIMATELY TRANSFORMED THE HUMAN BODY AND REVOLUTIONIZED MEDICINE.

FROM UPPER-CLASS ORPHAN GIRL TO OXFORD LESBIAN, FROM POST-SURGERY ROMANCE WITH ROBERTA COWELL (AN EARLY MALE-TO-FEMALE) TO SELF-IMPOSED EXILE IN INDIA, KENNEDY TELLS MICHAEL DILLON'S INCREDIBLE STORY, REVEALING THE STRUGGLES OF EARLY TRANSSEXUALS AND CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL NOTIONS OF WHAT GENDER REALLY MEANS.

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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Pagan Kennedy: The First Man-Made Man,” 03/20/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A68FEDCBB0EF4C9C90B03BDD2F584A4C.
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