Mutilation, Deception, and Sex Change
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1987 Jun; 13(2): 86-91.
Lavin discusses and rejects two arguments against the morality of sex reassignment surgery (SRS) for transsexuals. He answers those who claim that SRS is mutilating by arguing that it is enabling because it permits transsexuals to function as the sex they perceive themselves to be. Critics who say that SRS camouflages a person's real sex and deceives others are countered with Lavin's argument that one does not really know, but can only conjecture, what sex he or she is, and therefore cannot deliberately deceive others about it. In the course of his essay, Lavin discusses whether sex is biologically or psychologically determined, the moral insignificance of sex, and examples of disharmony between the genotype and phenotype of sex. (KIE abstract)
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