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I have to wonder which of the two ladies, if either, my contingent of readers who have strong feeling about trans-issues are siding with. On the one hand, yes, Lily has created a fictional Utopia world in which the horrific scourge of transgenderitude has been cured from the Earth in one big genetic Final Solution, and that's more than a little - as the kids say - problematic. On the other hand, though, at least she's taking gender identity and dysmorphia seriously, unlike Max, who's clearly exploiting technicalities in an attempt to optimize her character build for coitus.

As an omnipriveleged straight* white cisdude, I freely admit I don't have the foggiest idea what being misgendered feels like, except in the sense that I can see the behaviour of my trans and genderqueer friends and artists that I respect and extrapolate backwards the sort of emotions I would have to have to act and express myself similarly. I can't shake the feeling, though, that if I woke up tomorrow with the wrong set of whatnot, I could roll with it, at least in the short term. That is to say, of all the reasons why I'm dissatisfied with being stuck in a single human body, a wonky gender identity would rank low on the list.

*Yes, I know I did a Sexy Self Comics Day entry about being pansexual. I'm culturally straight.

(Saturday afternoon, INT: EB and JH's living room)

MH: I don't see why it has to be a matter of "identifying as". I bleach my hair, but I wouldn't say I "identify as" a blonde. I just happen to like it right now.
LH: Gender reassignment surgery is a little more intensive than dyeing one's hair.
MH: Modern surgery, sure, but we're not talking about that. We're talking about advanced technology that can swap people's junk around with no side effects. I mean, I'm sure everyone at this table loves and enjoys our respective funholsters, but if you had the chance to test drive a trouser snake for a week, you'd jump on it, right?
EB: Yeah, I gotta admit, I'd go for that.
NP: Me too, though I don't think John would appreciate it very much.
MH: And with the fact that literally everyone on the planet would want to fuck me all the time, gender identity or no, I think I could learn to love life with a johnson.
LH: No one's going to want to fuck you, you've mutilated yourself into an extinct hominid from a bygone era of violence and deprivation!
MH: And you've specified that everyone is straight, there are no diseases, there's no pregnancy, and people can make themselves horny at will. I do believe I've got myself a one-way ticket to bonetown.