A to Z Challenge: Raised as the Opposite Gender

This year, I am once again taking part in the April adventure that is the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's basically about 26 posts (we don't post Sundays), preferably on a theme, blogging our way through the alphabet from A to Z. My theme this year is all about TV Tropes, celebrating random tropes with some sort of weird, odd, unusual, controversial, or taboo element that appeals to my warped sense of literary adventure.

Continuing the theme, we have Raised as the Opposite Gender (check out the page for a complete definition, but your first guess is probably pretty close to the mark). After a quick perusal of the Literature examples provided, I've gotta go with:

"Tamir (a.k.a. Prince Tobin) from Lynn Flewelling's Tamir Triad was magically transformed into a boy at birth (long story short, the people currently in power required a male heir, but certain groups wanted a return to the country's old matriarchal ways). She didn't know she was a girl until puberty hit and weakened the spell, and had some awkwardness adjusting to being female later."


  1. poor Tamir... Down in Montenegro, people actually had a custom of raising their daughters as sons if they needed an heir. They would bind their boobies so that they wouldn't grow and would treat them totally as males. They were called 'virginas' and there are still some old grannies down there who live as grandpas on their farms.

  2. Well, Tamir is going to be messed up for life...

    1. It's a stunning (and, at times, horrific) trilogy. I read it years ago, and I was stunned by how powerful it was. Flewelling doesn't just settle for disguise - she uses powerful blood magic to really mess up the poor heir.


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