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.

Don’t Know Much Biology

Campus Reform reports that Eugene Lang College is offering a “Queer Ecologies” course this fall devoted to countering “heterosexist” explanations of animals and nature. According to the course description, students will be taught to “reimagine evolutionary processes, ecological interactions, and environmental politics in light of queer theory” by drawing from research in fields such as feminist science studies and environmental justice. It appears that the well-settled science concerning where babies come from will not be considered.

During an interview with Campus Reform, Davis explained that queer ecologies is an “interdisciplinary field that examines the relationship between sexuality and nature, thinking beyond the boundaries of assuming that heterosexuality is the norm or standard.”

The field “inquires into the sexual lives of animals, plants, and bacteria—lives that are often much more strange, adaptable, and queer than anything humans do,” she elaborated. “It also seeks to critique how heterosexuality is presumed as natural.”

Read the whole thing.

The tuition at Eugene Lang College (a part of the The New School in New York City) is $23,480 per semester.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Hogewash! and the other blogs that participated in Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day weren’t the first to take notice of The Dread Deadbeat Philosopher Kimberlin’s work as an activist. Mandy Nagy published material about him at Brietbart a couple of years earlier, and before that, he made it into Time. This post titled The Wizard of Odd from six years ago today reference the Time article. It calls TDPK as “Lord Voldemort,” as in “he who must not be named,” a reference to the then-current unconstitutional peace order prohibiting Aaron Walker from speaking or writing about Kimberlin.

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Massimo Calibresi published a profile of Brett Kimberlin Lord Voldemort in Time in 2007. (H/T, @rsmccain). Here’re the money quotes:

In e-mails and Web postings from Kimberlin’s two organizations, Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution, he intersperses occasionally useful pieces of information about the problems of e-voting with a hefty portion of bunk, repeatedly asserting as fact things that are not true.

In Kimberlin’s mind, his successes are the product of special powers obtained through meditation. “I have evolved to where I can dip into the place of universal consciousness and tap into its very powerful forces to effect change in a positive way,” he wrote in an e-mail to me late in my reporting for this story. In reality, he’s just one moving part in a large, complex dynamic. But Kimberlin’s grandiosity is as representative of certain parts of the blogosphere as his lack of credibility, all of which makes him a good case study of how the wilder parts of the Web are affecting the most basic functions of our democracy.

Read the whole thing.

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It doesn’t look like his attempts to apply the principles of TM and so-called “Noetic Science” have met with much success.