Pvt Manning, famous disgorger of restricted data to WikiLeaks and other urological websites, has revealed that he or she or whatever the hell he or she is (look what he or she has started!) wishes to serve a 35-year sentence at the notoriously male Fort Leavenworth prison as a woman. Apparently Manning feels like he’s a woman trapped inside of a man’s body and he expects the army to pay for the expensive hormonal treatments needed to switch genders.

I can understand his dilemma up to a point – sometimes I feel like a movie star trapped inside of a retired software engineer’s body. Now my inner famous actor is somebody like Gary Cooper or Warren Beatty, not Suzanne Somers, but mine is a close analogy. Unfortunately there are no hormones I can take that will help me, not that people haven’t tried to sell me some. Rather than expensive drugs, how about providing to the soldier a natural remedy like ground pigeon feathers? Or just give the kid a padded bra.


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