Becoming Nicole

by

Amy Ellis Nutt

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Dr. John Money Character Analysis

A doctor who believed that gender was a social construct, and that parents could simply choose the sex for their baby. He touted the case of David Reimer as an example of this strategy’s success, but given Money’s disturbing clinical practices and David’s psychological torment throughout his life and eventual suicide as an adult, the ethics and legitimacy of Money’s work have been heavily criticized.
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Dr. John Money Character Timeline in Becoming Nicole

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. John Money appears in Becoming Nicole. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14: The Xs and Ys of Sex
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Chase stood in opposition to proponents of behaviorism like Dr. John Money, who believed that gender identity was a social construct. He believed that in cases like... (full context)
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Money’s most well-known example was a child born in August 1965: a baby boy named Bruce.... (full context)
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...what had happened and committed suicide in 2004, at 38 years old. Throughout this process, Money published articles extolling the success of the experiment, until the 1990s when the psychiatrist who... (full context)