ABC News celebrates:
A former member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs has come out to say she's now a woman.
She had a Y-chromosome-ectomy that replaced the Y-chromosomes in all the trillions of cells in her body with another X chromosome, so now she's a woman.
Oh, wait, that operation doesn't exist.
Sorry, my mistake.
Kristin Beck, formerly Chris, served 20 years as a SEAL and fought on some of the most dangerous battlefields in the world, but after she left the service she realized she wasn't living the life she wanted.
"Chris really wanted to be a girl and felt that she was a girl and consolidated that identity very early on in childhood," said Anne Speckhard, co-author of Beck's biography "Warrior Princess," which was published over the weekend.
Speckhard told ABC News Beck suppressed that secret for decades, however, through the trials of SEAL training and the harrowing missions that followed, growing a burly beard as she fought on the front lines of American special operations.
... Speckhard said Beck first announced her decision to friends online with the declaration "No more disguises" and the book describes her going out to gay bars in Florida as a woman.
What kind of gay bars? Male or female?
Sounds like Speckhard might be one of the plagues of lesbian life: heterosexual men who put on dresses and hit upon lesbians.
There's a long history of lesbian feminists trying to exclude anybody born male from their events. For example, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival has a policy of denying entry to anybody not "womyn-born womyn" — i.e., no Navy SEALs in dresses. Olivia Records had a similar imbroglio.
I used to make fun of lesbian feminists for this. But I'm starting to feel sympathetic toward poor lesbians who just want to sit in the dirt and listen to dull folk songs without having to fend off a retired Navy SEAL in stripper heels.
Beck is currently on hormone therapy in preparation for sexual reassignment surgery and generally wears long hair, make-up and women's clothes, Speckhard said.
In the book's Preface, Beck said she wrote the book "to reach out to all of the younger generation and encourage you to live your life fully and to treat each other with compassion, be good to each other, especially in your own backyard (where it be high school or your community)."
Many years ago I read travel writer James/Jan Morris's memoir Conundrum. Morris is a delightful writer, but the I-always-felt-like-a-girl-on-the-inside-even-while-fathering-my-five-children party line sounded fishy to me even at the time.
There's an alternate theory, but Professor McCloskey doesn't want you to hear about it.
Thus, Professor McCloskey was a leader, along with two other high IQ transsexuals, Dr. Conway and Dr. Roughgarden, in the lengthy persecution of Northwestern psychology professor J. Michael Bailey for publicizing an alternative theory of the motivations of transexuals that undermined the party line that "I always felt like a girl on the inside."
The New York Times offered an insightful analysis of the conduct of McCloskey et al in this 2007 article by reporter Benedict Carey.
Bailey's crime was recounting the theory developed by sex scientist Ray Blanchard that most male to female transexuals fall into two categories:
Neither explanation fits in well with today's dominant Victim of Society mode of thinking, so they must be suppressed. The supreme duty of 21st Century Americans is to be ignorant.