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Karin: Lili Elbe’s autobiography, Man into Woman

Man into Woman, 1953 edition

Download a copy of this book review as a PDF Published autobiographies written by intersex people are rare. Socially-imposed guilt and shame at being born intersex have led to fewer such books being published than one might wish for – we can learn so much from how others like us have lived. I’d always known Lili Elbe as being one of the few earliest publicly known intersex people, after Herculine Barbin, but beyond the salient facts that she…

Lili Elbe in her own words

Lili Elbe in her own words

Below is reproduced a letter written by Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener in 1930 shortly before the surgery that would lead to her death. The searing tragedy of her situation could not be clearer. The dangerous medical advice she had already been given and that resulted in tissue necrosis was surpassed by the attempted transplant she refers to in this letter. Lili still loved and was deeply loved and had plans for her artistic future. Please note…

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

Late last year it was widely reported that Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are to star in a fictionalised though somewhat biographical feature film, about Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener. She was the first publicly known intersex person. The film is The Danish Girl, based on the novel of the same name by US author David Ebershoff, and his book in turn was based on or at least inspired by the true story of Lili Elbe, whose memoirs were first…

Karin in LOTL Magazine: “The Legend of Lili Elbe”

Karin in LOTL Magazine: “The Legend of Lili Elbe”

OII Australia is pleased to announce that an article on Lili Elbe, the first intersex person known to have undergone urogenital surgery, has been published in the August 2009 issue of LOTL magazine. LOTL can be read online or a free copy can be picked up in venues and stockists. Download a copy of the article (PDF, 2.1 MB) The article by EarthAngel was written to coincide with the Australian re-release of The Danish Girl, the novel by David…

Physical Culture, January 1937: “Can Sex in Humans Be Changed?” by Donald Furthman Wickets

Physical Culture, January 1937: “Can Sex in Humans Be Changed?” by Donald Furthman Wickets

We have found this remarkable magazine article, published in Physical Culture magazine in January 1937, during our online forays while looking for more information about Lili Elbe. Donald Furthman Wickets is the nom de plume of George Sylvester Viereck. Can Sex in Humans Be Changed? By Donald Furthman Wickets ALL the old landmarks are going, nothing is static, everything flows. Old dreams and old nightmares become realities. Life is created in…

Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

Karin at OII Australia has obtained a PDF rendition of the autobiography of British intersex woman Roberta Cowell. It was published in the UK in 1954 and has long been out of print. Roberta aka Betty underwent urogenital surgery in the early 1950s. She lived a long life, as a World War II fighter pilot and later as a racing driver. Here are some intriguing quotes from Roberta’s autobiography… On herself: A few days later I was in…