In 1997, Kate Bornstein performed her play “Cut ‘n’ Paste” for the Whitman community. The play is a mix of monologues, slam poetry, and lecture that is meant to question audience assumptions about gender. Bornstein—though having undergone surgery to transition in 1985—described herself as neither a man nor a woman: “I know I am not a man and most of the time I feel like I am not a woman. I keep one foot in the place called woman because otherwise sometimes you can blow away into madness.” Bornstein’s play highlighted the budding conversation about gender on campus.
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“Kate Bornstein,” Whitman College Archives, accessed January 29, 2023, https://www.whitmanarchives.org/omeka/items/show/67.