In a video that has circulated on You Tube over the past few years, Dustin Hoffman looks back on his role in the film Tootsie, a 1982 film directed by Sydney Pollack in which a talented but volatile actor is forced to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job. Among other gender issues, he raises the question of what it would have been like to be born a woman.
As a woman in my 40s, I decided to look back to consider what life would have been like as a male. This weekend I asked my mother about her pregnancy and her expectations of my birth. It’s true: she and my dad were hoping for a boy, and they were going to name him Scott. Of course, they were happy to have me—Karen Lynn Saverino, a tiny little blonde-hair blue eye-d baby that resembled…
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