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Friday, 2 March 2007

My letter to Michael Savage

Dear Mr Savage,

On the 26th of February, you stated on your radio show, "You say there are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal." These comments were in regards to explaining to a child how it was that Melissa Ehteridge was thanking her wife.

I would like to comment to say that you seem to have confused lesbians with female-to-male transsexuals. While it's true that some lesbians do eventually decide to transition to male, the vast majority do not. As Etheridge has given absolutely no indication that she plans to do so, I think you are in error regarding her gender identity.

Furthermore, while you are right to insist that transsexuality is unusual, "normal" is something of a loaded term and not one that's easy to agree on. For instance, it's more typical to be right handed than left handed, and for a long while it was considered "unnatural" to be left handed. Now it's just considered to be less common. This word is even more in dispute when the "natural" (non-human) world cannot even be taken into consideration. As far as I know, there are no other mammals with the ability to change their sex and certainly none that have to power to do surgery or produce artificial sex hormones or even any that wear clothes. One could therefore conclude that since transsexuality as currently understood by humans is unavailable to animals, this somehow clinches it's unnaturalness. But /all/ wearing of clothes is unnatural and I certainly wouldn't use the nudity of animals to argue for general human nudism. Furthermore, as we do not understand the communications of animals, it could be quite possible that some have managed to transition from one gender to another within their animal communities and we would be completely unaware of it.

I hope this letter has cleared up some confusion for you regarding transsexuality and lesbianism. If you would like some recommendations for books that could clear this up further, please don't hesitate to reply.

Thank you very much for your time,
Les

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