NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED: Transgender Andrea Long Chu’s Mutilation

In “her” own words: “Next Thursday, I will get a (feminine sexual organ). The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard (it) as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain. This is what I want, but there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don’t expect it to. That shouldn’t disqualify me from getting it.” Could there possibly be a more succinct statement of our very particular cultural madness? What I want is against nature, and I believe it will make me miserable, but I want it, and you had all better give it to me.  Read more: