February 17, 2010
You Have a V-Jay. V-Jay=Woman
Posted by Ellen at February 17, 2010 08:57 PM
His story: The man is Thomas Beatie, who grew up in Hawaii as Tracy, becoming a model and a finalist in this contest. Beatie began dressing and living as a man when he entered his 20s. Eventually he underwent this type of surgery but elected to retain his female reproductive organs.
Keeping your V-Jay= woman.
Look, I don't care what you do, who you are etc.. just don't expect the main stream media to understand you and accept you. You have female reproductive organs and you chose to use them. That alone makes you a woman, not 100% male. You may feel you are 100% male on the inside, but you got lady parts.
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As far as I'm concerned, it really doesn't matter what sort of violence people do to their gonads. Every cell in the human body has the same set of chromosomes in it (except for the occasional chimera), and if each set includes a Y chromosome, you're a guy, no matter how exquisitely sculpted the v-jay is.
Tat - you can't quite say that. IIRC from my college days, the default setting for sex is female. The only thing that makes one a male is the SRY gene on the Y chromosome. If that's there and coding properly the fetus ends up male. If it's there but not coding properly, you'd end up female. There could be some other sex-linked genes floating out there, but that's the difference between male and female.
Hmm. I was aware that the default gender is "female," but I thought that was based on the fact that the Y chromosome is a subset of the X chromosome (the term the professor used was "a broken chromosome lacking most of the genetic information present in the complete X chromosome").
Then again, genetics seems to be progressing faster than most other scientific fields, so it wouldn't surprise me if that particular bit of knowledge is outdated now.
My actual degree is in genetics, so I got a bit lucky there. When I was in school, Master Control Genes were a somewhat new topic and everyone was finding them. The research scientists would find the genes and knock them out to see what happened. They'd then synthesize the protein and drop it on different parts of the developing embryo to see what happened. They've actually managed to put genitals on the antennae of fruit flies, eyes on their wings, etc (though these didn't connect to the brain).
For fun, I actually printed out the entire amino acid sequence of the SRY gene and put it on my mortarboard when I was graduating.
Yes, I'm a geek that way.