Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this informative documentary (an unusual approach to looking at the nature of sexual identity), director Lee Grant interviews several Americans who have undergone sex-change operations. As of 1985, about 2500 Americans a month undergo operations that transform them from male to female, or vice-versa. Grant provides the history-making precedent of Christine Jorgensen, an American soldier who went to Denmark for the operations that would change his gender. After some black-and-white television coverage of the "new" Christine, she is interviewed here again, about 30 years later. As Grant points out, the combination of operations and hormonal therapy changes more than the physical aspects of the individual -- the effect on one's emotions and social interactions can be devastating, and so counseling is often provided. In one instance filmed by Grant, a man regretted his decision, but there was nothing that could be done to reverse the changes. Viewers may want to compare this documentary to Teit Ritzau's work on transvestites and sex change, Paradiset Er Ikke Til Salg (Paradise Is Not for Sale), which takes a slightly different approach to the topic.
identification, problems, sex-change, sexual, sexual-identity, society