Letter: Men who know they are women

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Sir: Jojo Moyes ("When a man loves being a woman", 22 February) displays a depressing lack of imagination. Can she not try to grasp what it might be like to have a body which is at odds with one's identity? Given all the pain involved for loved ones and themselves, besides any subsequent inconvenience, why indeed would men want to be women - unless they were convinced they were women?

And though some may be tragically mistaken and slip through the medical checks designed to catch them, even on Ms Moyes's figures 95 per cent will not have a change of mind post-operatively, and 90 per cent will adjust - rather good statistics as medical procedures go.

SUSAN MARSHALL

Exeter College,

Oxford

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