oddly enough

Oddly enough: Foreign policy on sex-change surgeries in Iran edition

Alright, quite frankly, ‘oddly enough’ doesn’t really describe my initial reaction to reading this on foreignpolicy.com. People are stoned for adultery in a country, where, according to foreignpolicy.com’s blog

“more sex-change surgeries are performed … than in any other country except Thailand.”

Sounds crazy? But it gets even better –

“Ayatollah Khomeini approved them for “diagnosed transsexuals” 25 years ago, and today the Iranian government will pay up to half the cost for those in financial need.”

For those of, my gentle readers, who are now slowly shaking their head in disbelief, here’s why –

“Former FP researcher David Francis wrote, “In a country that shuns homosexuality, this makes perverse sense, as
after a sex-change operation, one technically isn’t attracted to one’s own sex and therefore isn’t gay.”

I don’t want to quote all of their post, so head over to foreign policy to read more (and see some clips) about a recently released documentary about the lives of young Iranian men who undergo sex-change surgery. And yes, before you ask, they will have to wear a tchador afterwards…