"reaffirmed at death": A colleague of mine points out that
this is actually an extremely telling and significant phrase. Apart from the amusing image, it suggests that the authors recognise that bodies have a sex; dead people can’t affirm their own identity. But of course this is belied by the very formulation of the above paragraph. What the hell is a “biological imperative of one’s identity”? There is an elision here of biological facts with subjective feelings.