Apparently Fatima — Odai — is, on top of everything else, a Misunderstander of Islam, or even maybe a Greasy Islamophobe. After all, who but such people thinks that an Islamic society doesn’t respect women? As everyone knows, “beat her” (Qur’an 4:34) in the original Arabic means “give her a hug.”
“Gaza teen undergoes sex change operation,” from Reuters, September 10 (thanks to Michael):
For fifteen years, Fatima Abed Rabbo lived as a girl in the northern Gaza neighborhood of Jabalya. She wore girl’s clothing, and went to an all-girl’s school.
But shortly after turning 12, Fatima, now renamed Odai, recalls undergoing changes: “I was normal. I used to be a girl and my name was Fatima. Before my father found out and the doctors checked me, I felt like a girl. But after I turned 12 years old, I began feeling more like a boy than a girl.”
Majd Abed Rabbo, Odai’s father, said that following several medical tests, a hormonal imbalance was detected in Odai. The results showed that Odai had high levels of testosterone and needed a sex-change operation….
“I feel much more comfortable now, I feel like I was born again. I feel free. Anyway, I prefer now to be male because this society privileges males over females. The women in our society are not respected, and their ideas are not respected either. This society is much more acceptant of males than females,” said Odai.