I just had dinner with a friend a little while ago and the topic of Chastity/Chaz Bono came up. I am someone who is quite liberal in sexual and gender matters, but I have trouble with the notion of a person "changing gender". I have no problem with butch women or effeminate men at all. If that is who you are, great. But when it comes to surgery and hormones to change gender, something about that doesn't feel OK to me. Why does it have to be so black & white - a person must be either male or female? What's wrong with being a very butch woman or an effeminate man? Gender reassigment surgery to me is horrific. Some surgeon exploiting this and getting rich!!! I'm not talking about hermaphrodism, that's a different issue. But C. Bono becoming a MAN??? She isn't a man, she a butch woman. (and just as an aside, as someone who knows something about emotional overeating, perhaps she needs to worry first about her problems with food and weight than about supposedly becoming a man.) Perhaps in 50 years my attitude will seem narrow and unenlightened, or perhaps it seems that way now. But it is how I feel. I am interested in hearing what others have to say about it.