a dude is a dude. whether he chops it off or not.
there was an episode of Special Victims Unit (SVU) one of those Law and Order shows from years ago. This woman in her 30s identified as a 16 year old girl and continued to date 16 year old boys. Back then the show was exploring how belief = reality in society...back then it was taboo - but now I'm not so sure....
I haven't seen any scientific evidence that a man can be changed in to a woman. He might have different parts from plastic surgery and mutilation but he's still a man?
What are your thoughts (if we keep this going) on a woman identifying as a little girl? A man identifying as a little boy? Or whatever they want to be (let's stick to the human spectrum)?
How do you know if a "dude is a dude" just because of the equipment? Is the possession of a penis ALL that there is to being male? Is there no psychological aspect to it? Hormonal, developmental aspects?
Where does the previously mentioned hermaphrodite fit in if it is all defined by genitalia and everyone fits into one box or the other? What about the effeminate lad you knew growing up with the high pitched voice and limp-wristed mannerisms? Was he a fraud, choosing to bring the bullying and ostracism onto himself in school? Or is there variation in what constitutes a male or female in terms of behaviour? And if so, why does the anatomical prevail completely over the psychological when it comes to the categorization?
I still don't see any scientific argument against the existence of genuine transgenderism in what you are saying. And I'm not saying I have all (or any) of the answers, but I'm not the one making the definitive claim about the scientific legitimacy of it all.
As for the woman identifying as a little girl or man as a little boy, what exactly does that mean? That they're choosing to do so for whatever reason? That they are adults who legitimately feel that way? That they are developmentally stunted intellectually and emotionally? That they're a fetishist who likes to wear nappies and a pacifier on the weekend?
And what does it have to do with transgender people? I get the whole free-for-all, be-what-you-want-or-choose argument you are hinting at, but so what? They're separate issues. If someone chooses to identify as a fifteen year old so he can get himself a nice young naive piece of ass, they're still subject to the laws of the land, just like anyone who has sexual relations with a minor.