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The Duel: Can a person choose their gender?

Stephen Whittle says yes, John Milbank says no

The government is proposing to remove the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before someone is able to apply for gender recognition. But can you choose your gender?

Yes: Growing up, when I tried to imagine myself as a woman, I could see nothing—and that made me suicidal. However, I would see flickers of a man, the man I eventually became… and that, I knew, was iniquitous; sinful.

I eventually became Stephen in 1975. Yet I was still and would remain a woman in law. When my (now) wife gave…

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