Don’t Know Much Biology

Over at PowerLine, John Hinderacker has a post about a Canadian who legally changed his gender to female in order to save $91 a month on car insurance.

Some “trans” Canadians were angry, much as some actual Indians were angry at Elizabeth Warren for worming her way onto the Harvard faculty on the basis of high cheekbones and alleged family lore:

Members of the trans community in Canada have reacted with outrage to David’s cost-cutting scheme.

‘I think it cheapens the whole process. It sort of casts doubt on everybody else’s motives for making those changes,’ said Marie Little, a former chair of the Trans Alliance Society. ‘I think it gives ammunition to people who want to take rights away from trans people.’

That’s one way of looking at it. In my view, it highlights the absurdity of the concepts of gender “identification” and “assignment.” The more people who make the current regime look silly, the sooner it will collapse of its own weight.

This kind of nonsense highlights what happens when we allow the meanings of words to be hijacked.

Sex is a property of living organisms. In the case of human beings, sex is determined by the presence or lack of Y-chromonsomes. People with Y-chromonsomes are male, i.e., men and boys. People without Y-chromonsomes are female, i.e., women and girls. The science is really quite settled on this.

Gender is a property of words. Nouns and pronouns in the English language can be masculine, feminine, indefinite, or neuter. When speaking of a human being, the feminine form is used for a woman or a girl, the masculine form is used for a man or a boy, and the indefinite form (which is the same as the masculine) is used when the person’s sex is unknown. Note that the forms differ only for singular nouns. The plural forms are the same (and should not be used when speaking of a single individual).

Other languages have different rules for dealing with gender, but the biology of sex is the same worldwide.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Know Much Biology

  1. There are actual people who are born with characteristics of both sexes, whose genitalia have hallmarks of both or neither, whose genes are scrambled from birth, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and sympathy and respect.

    They might represent as much as 1% of those who claim the status.

    • Of course, every person should be accorded the dignity due each human being. Sympathy is a proper response to those in unfortunate circumstances. However, respect is not a due response to disrespectful or insane behavior.

      • Well, of course, if their conduct forgoes respect, then naturally it isn’t due. But, by default, it should be given — not because they deserve it, but because it is incumbent on us to act so.

      • More to the point, delusion need not be met with agreement. The notion that the entire culture must change to facilitate such acceptance (trans in the military, for instance) is utterly absurd.

        • “I am Batman! Because I said so.”
          Basically the mantra of the SJWs who back trans, and the other Heinz 57 genders.

  2. Organism either reproduce sexually, or asexually. Humans reproduce through sex, though identical twins are the product of first sexual then asexual reproduction. The males contribute sperm. The females contribute eggs, Like most other mammal species, and some non-mammal species such as some sharks, the females gestate life in its early stages, One’s sex is determined by what contribution, aka sperm or egg, one makes to the next generation.

    The proper categories are fertile males, fertile females, infertile males, infertile females, and those with an intersex disorder, All fertile males are the product of having an XY pair, and all fertile females are the product of having an XX pair. In some cases of intersex disorders, that correlation between being male and having an Y, and being female and only having X’s breaks down.

  3. Don’t forget the XO, called “freemartins” among animals, who present as prepubescent females their whole (usually shortish) lives unless given hormonal treatments.
    However, the XY and XX are probably 98% of all humans born alive.
    Nature and biology can get weird.

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