Re: Thomasine/Thomas...clothes make the (wo)man

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Posted by Goody Sandy on January 12, 2000 at 05:31:21:

In Reply to: Re: Thomasine/Thomas...clothes make the (wo)man posted by Dana S. on January 11, 2000 at 14:03:11:

Hi Dana:

Thanks for sharing all of your interesting comparisons between life in 17th century and 21st century America Ė very amusing and quite true.

Another interesting aspect about the Hall case was that the courts and ordinary citizens had no qualms about ordering Hall to act and dress in a certain way or to undergo numerous physical exams to determine Hallís gender. There was no concern about invading Hallís privacy or about the rights of the individual because the community at large was considered more important than any one individual. It was vitally important while trying to forge and maintain a new society that each person in the society know their place and act accordingly. When Hallís ambiguous sexuality confused others about Hallís place within the community, the citizenry felt that it was their duty to pursue the matter in the courts. Unfortunately there isnít much know about how the citizenry reacted to the courtís decision that Hall live as both a man and a woman. I would love to know.

Best wishes,
Goody Sandy

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