Due to some casual (no sex involved) encounters with ladyboys who approach me on the Boulevard, this has been on my mind lately. By 'ladyboys' I am referring to men dressed as women, usually on hormone therapy to grow breasts and generally make their figures feminine looking. Few of them, if any, (none I have encountered) have had the full surgery to make them essentially female without the ability to bear children. In San Francisco, you must sometimes ask as there are transsexuals, who are in most all respects female, except non-fertile. What puzzles me is why there are SO MANY ladyboys here and in most Philippine cities? I really do not get it. What is it about this culture that produces so many? I can only guess. Maybe it's the emphasis on humility, passiveness, non-confrontation. The men here seem passive, subdued and feminine in their demeanor. I am talking generally here of course. I haven't researched this much, thought I'd throw it out here and get your ideas. Also I notice the ladyboys here sometimes lie about their gender. In the U.S. you can get killed doing that as that one in Manila did. Ladyboys are sometimes more difficult to identify since the stature of all Filipinos is small boned. Some of them are quite attractive and I admit the thought has crossed my mind, but I guess I am really straight because it never has gone past conversation and flirtation. Some of them have adopted very charming feminine like behaviors as well. Anyways, I am wondering what your theories are on this. To me, it's kind of strange and a small bit disconcerting. I suppose someone here is going to call me homophobic, but how can I fear someone who I have no intention of sleeping with?