The kerfuffle around psylocke made me have a think about the nature of identity, especially in settings where things like magic plastic surgery and body swapping are possible.
For example, say Betsy’s been in Kwannon’s body for a few years now. Sure she wasn’t born Japanese but she has lived experience of being a Japanese woman since that’s what she’s perceived to be.
In my opinion lived experience trumps any initial identity someone has at birth.
If someone is born male but transitions to female and passes they are for all intents and purposes a woman and are treated as such, no one would dare say they were really a man.
Why is gender fluid to these people when race is not, despite the fact that both are immutable genetic traits?