Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes

Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes. LGBTQ, Buzzacott, Wymore, Francis, Mary.
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes
A scarce and early example of science and anthropology pushing for the acceptance of intersex and non-binary individuals
Bi-Sexual Man or Evolution of the Sexes

Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co, [1912]. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to front board. Gentle bumps to corners; front board slightly bowed. Internally a clean, tight copy. OCLC reports only 16 copies of this scarce piece of LGBTQ history at institutions.

An early argument for the viability of intersex individuals and, indeed, their potential superiority to humans who fit into binary gender categories. "The authors set forth an hypothesis as to the descent of the present human race from ancient Bisexual Ancestors, contending that there has been an evolution of separate sexes from Bisexual Man, and that the present males or females (men or women) are but the deteriorated representatives of once superior human creatures...also, that what we have so long assumed to be a rare freak of nature, i.e., Hermaphroditism, is really but a partial return to the original type of perfect Bisexual." Drawing on a mixture of evolutionary science, anthropology, and pseudoscience, Buzzacott and Wymore's arguments clearly do not stand up to the expectations of rigorous study. However, at a time when intersex individuals and members of the LGBTQ community faced discrimination and the threat of physical violence, Bi-Sexual Man stands out as a scientific text attempting to create a more tolerant and accepting space for those marginalized bodies.
Near Fine (Item #3203)

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