Letter: Feminist logic

Sir: None of the (admittedly few) transsexual women that I know "does" womanliness, any more, presumably, than Adrian Coyle "does" manliness. We are who we are, and we "do" only ourselves.

Nor are transsexuals surgically produced - surgery is merely a means of achieving as much congruence as possible between social role and physiology, and is not available unless that role is well-established.

RACHAEL PADMAN

Cambridge

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