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Call him “Caitlyn,” I suppose: Novelist, journalist, and (very) occasional National Review contributor Evelyn Waugh has been given a sex-change operation by the urbane sophisticates at Time magazine.

You’d never see a mistake like that in the Daily Beast.

(I am instructed that we are supposed to call it “gender-affirmation surgery” now, but I will not.)

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