Making Sex Change Surgery Easier than Changing Banks
Dana International - will vote for Olmert?
Well, Olmert and his playground playmates are about to conduct the most disgraceful "prisoner exchange" in human history.
But at least his government is moving forward on some other timely matters. Take the matter of the "transgendered," people who want to conduct surgery to change their bodies to appear as if they belong to the other gender. Well, the Olmert Ministry of Health has just set up a commission to make it a lot easier for such folks to get themselves surgically "altered" at taxpayer expense through the national health system.
You realize what this means?
First of all, Israel will soon be the only place on earth where it will be easy to "change" your sex but all but impossible to change your bank!
Dana International will yet become the cultural symbol of Olmertism!
I mean, if I were to come into an Israeli hospital and ask them to surgically remove my little toe for no overwhelmingly convincing reason, they would refuse and would probably demand that I get myself institutionalized in a psychiatric ward. But once the rules of sex "change" surgery are themselves changed, I will be able to ask for THAT to be removed surgically and the med system and the psychiatric establishment will not even blink. Vincent van Gogh is universally regarded as having been insane for cutting off his EAR! The radical feminists who think that silicon breast implants are a demeaning anti-women human rights atrocity have had nothing to say about THIS.
Evidently the only real requirement for approval of the procedure today in Israel is that the individual should have been "living in the role of the opposite sex" prior to the surgery for two years. I assume that means two years as a cross-dresser. (Catch David Letterman this week doing his late night shtick? He says J. Edgar Hoover was discovered to have been a double cross-dresser - he sometimes dressed as a man!)
And what about the halakhic questions? In which section of shul should these folks sit after surgery? Can they be counted as part of a minyan?
Haaretz is gushing its approval for the new relaxed rules being considered, in an article by its resident feminist reporter Ruti Sinai. She cites the celebration for the proposed new rules coming from the "trangendered community." Raving Ruti was recently fired by the Commissars at Haaretz and then was hired again. The Schokens can't seem to make up their minds over whether they want their paper to be read also by those who are sane.
Ever notice that everything now is a "community"? Evidently sufferers from any form of mental illness or behavioral disorder must constitute a "community." So will we have a new community for those in comas or who hear space aliens speaking to them? How about a community of people afraid of elevators? How about a community for paranoid people, where they can look over one another's shoulders? How about a community for those with split personalities - or, better yet, how about TWO communities for them?