Thursday, April 26, 2007

Old Mike, New Christine

An LA Times Sports writer is undergoing a sex change operation.

Though it is extremely difficult to understand transsexualism, I have no doubt that it is devastating for a person to feel that they are in the wrong skin. But, I have to wonder if changing gender is going to make the situation better. It seems that there would be a whole new set of problems one would have to deal with after a gender change.

The writer of the article asserts that there is scientific evidence that points to physiological reasons for his condition:

Recent studies have shown that such physiological factors as genetics and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can significantly affect how our brains are "wired" at birth.

Hmmm...I hadn’t realized that scientists had found conclusive evidence that there are physiological factors responsible for transexuality. I wouldn’t doubt that there may be, but I’m not sure if that would be the reason for every case.

My husband was shopping in a lighting store last year and ran across a gal who looked just like a guy he knew in high school. He’s was struck speechless, and wondered if his assumption was correct. He didn’t think it was kosher to ask the gal due to the fact that he hadn’t seen the guy for years, and he might have been hallucinating or something. He certainly didn't want to get slapped!

He asked a few of his old friends about it, and sure enough, it was him (whoops...I mean her).