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The Lady of Charleston?
A Case of Wrongful Gender Assignment?
Kim R. Finer
This case uses the real story of Dawn Langley Simmons, who may have been misidentified as male at birth, to illustrate the developmental basis of human sexual dimorphism and how gender misidentification may occur. Students also consider the emotional, legal, and societal implications of gender misassignment and reassignment. Designed for a junior-level human genetics course for allied health students, the case could be used in a number of other courses including physiology, endocrinology, developmental biology, general biology, and psychology.
|Keywords:||Sexual dimorphism; gender; gender assignment; sex determination; SRY gene; embryogenesis; Dawn Langley Simmons; Gordon Langley Hall|
|Topical Area:||Legal issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Genetics / Heredity Cell Biology Physiology Biology (General) Psychology Sociology Developmental Biology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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