Annual Colloquium - 2008
Gender B(l)ending: Beyond the Binary
Pacific Center for Sex and Society University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; director
Milton Diamond has been teaching and pursuing research about human sexuality for more than 40 years. He completed his graduate work at the University of Kansas in 1962. Since then he has taught at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is now teaching at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, where he is director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society. His main research interest is in how one develops sexual identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender patterns. Dr. Diamond is also a past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the International Academy for Sex Research.
"Male" and "female" are biological terms used to describe individuals throughout the animal kingdom. For humans, however, the social terms of "boy" and "girl" and "man" and "woman" are more commonly used. It is readily obvious, however, that among humans not all males live as boys or men, and not all females live as girls or women. Diamond discusses the how and why of such transformations in the context of transsexuality and intersexuality.