Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
mmf 1mm ine LBTIIVIIIVUK Author gives insight to sex change LONDON The dis- tinguished travel writer James at 47 the au- thor of a dozen fine books and father of has made the world's most extraordinary man to woman. Until recently a closely- guarded Morris's sex- physically on a surgeon's table in Mo- rocco in is the sub- ject of a remarkable auto- biography written as Jan Morris. In this Conundrum by Morris chronicles a lifelong con- despite a career as cavalry officer and foreign correspondent and despite an apparently idyllic 20-year that he was born into the wrong sex. make me a he used to pray as a and adulthood only made him feel he was a woman in disguise. No Jan has yet solved the conundrum of why some unlucky souls should feel this way. But in Jan's so urgent was the drive to womanhood that if the choice came again and no surgical help were would take a knife and do it with- out without without a second The account of Jan's 40-odd years of .quiet sometimes approaching thoughts of is the more extraordinary because the outward life of James Morris was the envy of his friends. It as one re- aura of glamorous and successful Morris was the foreign cor- respondent who covered wars and revolutions for The Times and The who scooped the world on Corona- tion morning in 1953 with his dispatch from Mount Everest on Sir Edmund Hillary's vic- torious climb. apparently secure in a devoted family he turned to writing travel notably an outstanding one on and embarked on a three-part history of the British not yet com- pleted. All were hailed as brilliant evocations of place and atmosphere. As fellow-journalist David Holden describing how Morris unveiled his se- cret by unbuttoning his jacket and showing hormone-induced was not exactly like hearing that the Queen was really Mao Tse-tung in but the effect was pretty Jan who has been relieved to find no obvious change in her writing except for a closer focus on people rather than now has to make a conscious effort to remember what it was like to be man among But she admits aspects of her earlier life had their at- tractions. Describing the male body in its prime as marvellous thing to she look back to those moments of supreme male fitness as one rememberS champagne or a morning Then-there was the clubby brotherhood of the 9th Queen's Royal where James like spy in a courteous enemy not mar- riage to Elizabeth daughter of a Ceylon tea-plan- ter. The Jan no right to yet it worked like a Eliza- beth knew of her partner's sexual doubts from the start and eventually helped him make the decision to shed his manhood They now are di- vorced and live in different parts of the country but are in Jan's ate Despite the fact that he fa- thered five of the two girls says physical sex was always Sears 10 days only Save Phantom me top control panty TV.....7 Jl S Reg. 3.00 ea. 69. 3 pair Now you can get comfortable top control with just panty Phanton's me does just what the name hugs you with really slimming figure control because it's got a stretchy spandex panty. And smooth plain knit legs for sheer fashion. There's no outlines to show under pant suits or dresses. In sizes Tall and Extra Tall. In becoming shades of Rose Hint and Autumn Smoke. Stock up now while you can Sale starts May continues to May 18th. Simpsons-Sears Ltd. at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee Mtlttactlon or money refunded and free delivery subordinate to other sensual pleasures. He was baffled by the importance other men placed on it. Not that he leaned towards homosexuality. The clumsy experiments of his schooldays seemed wrong though my body often yearned to to to open the machine was With he felt the sexual act was summating a and with luck giving ourselves the in- comparable gift of children. I felt a glow of pride in enabling such lovely objects to One aspect of the which raises more questions than it is the scanty reference to the effect of their father's change on the four Morris now aged 22 to 10. The Jan was not traumatic for them because it was through years of swallowing some estrogen pills and feeling a slow-motion Jekyll and A deep affection on both sides helped the children ad- but Jan admits the fam- ily often suffered from the re- actions of others. Jan and Elizabeth now are officially known as and the children treat Jan as their aunt. During the in-between when James Morris looked unnaturally young as well as ambiguous in he lived alone in ex- perimenting with life as a woman. The confusion was reaching bizarre were families who knew me only as a or only as a or Dressed in unisex clothes with a sling shoulder-bag but still technically a Jan hesitated at New York's Ken- nedy airport between joining the men's or the women's lineups for security a confusion solved by an offi- Ann Landers Journey from man to woman complete. cial who along Towards the end of this changing the strange figure would leave the mascu- line portals of London's Trav- ellers' Club to a from the porter and en- ter another club nearby to the Jan devotes a chapter of her book to the operation in performed by a surgeon whom she identifies only as Dr. B. As the anesthetic took ef- Jan took a last look in the would never meet and I wanted to give that other self a long last look in the and a wink for Recovery was painful and lonely in that foreign clinic but Jan felt and my own On her return to where she had two more oper- ations to finish the Eliza- beth greeted her if noth- ing in particular had hap- Her first encounters and publicly sex- were with the kindly Welsh villagers of who had long known her as a man but now mostly not to Since she has lived in a Bath adapting easily to female gestures and when a deliveryman pays her a compliment. Dis- many woman read- ers will Jan imme- diately perceived the subtly inferior role the world now expects her to play. Dear ABB Again you printed a letter from a painfully shy woman who undressed in the closet. I just h.-d to write and tell you the other side. I'm a but it's not my idea. My husband insists on it. On our wedding he undressed in a jumped into turned his head toward the wall and I stalled a hoping he would turn around and admire my chiffon the one I had so carefully selected for that special night. He you please turn out the lights and get into I you want to see how lovely I He your From that evening he has made it clear that nudity or even semi-nudity is repulsive to him. He considers it cheap and vulgar What would make a man think that Except for our sex life is great. Lights Out Dear Your husband was raised to believe that a nude body is dirty and should not be seen. A hangup of this kind can be extremely difficult to because it was probably one of toe first things he learned. You're lucky everything else is Most dingbats who think like that have a lot of other nutty ideas which hamper their sexual performance considerably. Dear I am fuming over that letter in How terrible for a mother to attach so much importance to a Boston cream pie. So what if her daughter's boyfriend helped himself to half a Maybe he was hungry. Some kids don't see fancy desserts at home and when they get around something special they get carried away. Your suggestion that the girl speak to the kid and try to teach him a few manners was disgusting. I think a person's feelings are a lot more important than a half a pie. Also A Nosher Dear but a 17-year-old boy who doesn't know any better than to cut himself half a pie is in dire need of instruction. In my someone should do this lad a favor and tell him that gluttony is not only but unhealthy. Sorority honors Lethbridge Beta Sigma Phi have honored the following members as girls of the year in their for outstanding contributions to the sorority and the Fran Rude of Sigma Dot Nixey of Xi Iota chapter and Judy O'Neill of Warner Alph Epsilon. 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