One of Lincoln’s many illustrations of the sophistry of the slavers was the question: “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?” Trick question! The answer, as Lincoln pointed out, is still four: calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
So does Bradley Manning (and I use “Manning” advisedly) become a woman just because he says he is? If he wants to be called Chelsea, fine, I’ll call him Chelsea, but he should have done it right and called himself “Loretta,” as Monty Python suggested more than 30 years ago. (Video about 1:30 long.) And this also suggests Bob Filner has one big move left: if he announced he’s really Babbette Filner, and that all his headlocks and hugs were just his lesbian greetings struggling to get out, he’ll get another few weeks to draw his paycheck while the gender left figures out how to handle it.
And finally. . .
Ha! Fooled you this time!