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Comment author: pnrjulius 07 June 2012 02:39:49AM 0 points [-]

I didn't mean to imply that. My point was rather that there isn't this huge divide between men and women that involves radical differences. The differences can still matter for various purposes, but my point is that they aren't huge irreconcilable divides. It's really not that hard to change a man into a woman or vice-versa, if you really wanted to do so.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 07 June 2012 02:50:14AM 1 point [-]

How hard it is to modify a man such that he is equivalent to a woman along all the dimensions I care about depends quite a lot on which of the dimensions along which men typically differ from women I care about.

If I don't care about any of them, then there's no modification involved; a man is already equivalent to a woman along all those dimensions of variance.

If I care about the ability to sire or bear children, there might be modifications involved that modern science is not yet capable of.

Values matter.