A Distraction

I thought Kajsa could help me with this, as an expert in ‘Gender Studies’, but apparently postmodernists don’t bother with these biological things. My question is this. Bearing in mind that gender differences – and ambiguities – aren’t implanted immediately after conception, but only a few months in, which is why men have nipples (in case things go the other way in utero): do we men have scrunched up uteruses (uteri?) inside us, and women minuscule scrotums (scrota?) inside them?

Not an entirely serious question, though I’d welcome any suggestions. But it illustrates how my mind has been liberated since arriving in Sweden a week ago, so that it’s no longer obsessed with Brexit and Boris and all the rest of the awful stuff that has been buzzing around in it while I’ve been imprisoned (‘shielded’) in the UK, but can now focus on trivialities. Freedom is the ability think about silly things.

More serious observations later, I hope. I still of course get news from ‘Home’. It seems just as crazy, but no longer quite so personal. My eternal thanks to Sweden for granting me another and – at present – more congenial ‘Home’.

About bernardporter2013

Retired academic, author, historian.
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5 Responses to A Distraction

  1. Your ‘not entirely serious’ gender question reminds me of a phenomenon that occurs in the remote village of Salinas in the Dominican Republic, which I could barely believe when I first read about it:

    “Guevedoces (literal translation “penis at 12”) – who are also called “machihembras”, meaning “first a woman, then a man” – appear to be completely female at birth and are brought up to be little girls.
    “When they’re born, they look like girls with no testes and what appears to be a vagina,” wrote Mosley for The Telegraph back in 2015. “It is only when they near puberty that the penis grows and testicles descend.” After the developments of puberty, Guevedoces grow up to be fully functional males in their society, although some telltale signs do give away their unique biological heritage.”

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  2. Andrew Rosthorn says:

    “He departs on the morning of 30 June 1940. First he takes a ferry to Oslo to recover documents, money and clothes from a hiding place. Afterward he travels by train toward the Swedish border. The 26-year-old covers the final kilometres on foot. After a brief stopover at Bolstad Manor, that evening a farmworker shows him a secret pathway across the border. At about one a.m. on 1 July 1940, Brandt turns himself in at the guard post of a Swedish military station near Skillingmark.”
    Having followed your recent movements, it looks as though it was easier for Frahm / Brandt to enter Sweden in wartime than it was for Porter in the great pandemic.

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