I remember reading this story quite a while ago. A married woman with two children was bored with life and decided to see what it would be like to be a man. She went to a local store to get a body scan to see what her male body would look like based on her body's composition. She decided on a little less muscle and came home as a man, much to her husbands shock. I believe she called herself Leo. She didn't stay male long, I remember one day her husband came home to find her as a woman again.

What was the title and who was the author???

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    How long ago was "quite a while ago"? Do you remember if you read this in a book, or in a magazine, or perhaps online?
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 20, 2016 at 15:53

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This is the Hugo and Locus nominated "Options" by John Varley, written in 1979.

Technology has enabled the populace of Betaville to change ones sex as easily as changing ones clothes. So when Cleo Lawson finds that her husband is a philanderer she takes the opportunity to change her sex [to Leo] as a means to understanding what it is to be a man, and perhaps why her husband is the way he is.

You can read it online here

It may interest you to know that the story was made into a TV show in the anthology sci-fi series "Welcome to Paradox".

  • Oh my gosh. Thank you so much!! I'll check out that series, too.
    – MoodyJude
    May 20, 2016 at 16:19

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