Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Transgendered Navy SEAL

This is the sort of story that, to me, would seem intellectually vexing in the most rewarding of ways.  It raises, I'm sure, many questions.  Perhaps one such question is:  Can your "manliness" (if that is what it should be called) remain unimpeachable even after you become a woman because you had proved your guts (or some appropriately named male anatomy) as a Navy SEAL?  And, indeed,  what takes more courage, that prime male virtue--being a Navy SEAL who endures stunning risk, or being a SEAL who comes out as a woman, a form of stunning risk in its own right?   Which is the more "manly" decision?

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