Change my sex once, shame on me. Change my sex twice, shame on society for allowing me to change in the first place. This is the strange logic of Charles Kane.
Kane was born Sam Hashimi, a businessman who divorced his wife and spent over £100,000 to become busty interior designer Samantha Kane in 1987. In 2005, he dished out over £25,000 to return to manhood—skin-graft penis and all—reinventing himself this time as Charles Kane. Throughout his eighteen years as a woman, he felt like he was acting a role, not being himself, Kane told the Daily Mail.
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and I’m in the unique position of having taken a very long trip to Venus before returning to Mars.
Today, the 50-year-old Kane lives with his 28-year-old fiancée, Victoria Emms. He’s working on a documentary called The Sex Change Delusion, which lays out the reasons why he thinks governments should outlaw sex-change operations:
Based on my own experiences, I believe sex-change operations should not be allowed. People who think they are a woman trapped inside a male body are, in my opinion, very deluded. I certainly was. I needed counseling, not a sex-change operation.
As Anna North at Jezebel reminds us, “when your statement starts with ‘based on my own experiences’ and ends with a generalization about all people, you are doing it wrong.”