Elagabalus

Gender fluidity and medical intervention


Hidden Power:

The Eunuchs of China

As long ago as the 8th Century B.C., Chinese emperors kept castrated males as palace servants, especially to guard harems. This bit of history is detailed in Mary M. Anderson’s Hidden Power: The Palace Eunuchs of Imperial China, Prometheus Press, 1990. A substantial excerpt of this text may be found here. LEES VERDER