Don’t Know Much Biology

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a paper titled Failed Assignments — Rethinking Sex Designations on Birth Certificates which claims that designating a child’s sex on a birth certificate can be harmful. Here’s the paper’s abstract.

Sex designations on birth certificates offer no clinical utility, and they can be harmful for intersex and transgender people. Moving such designations below the line of demarcation wouldn’t compromise the birth certificate’s public health function but could avoid harm.

Boys and girls grow and develop at different rates and in different ways. I am not a physician, but it seems to me that knowledge of a child’s normally expected development should have real clinical utility and that ignoring it could be a form of malpractice.

BTW, neither of the two physicians among the paper’s authors is a pediatrician. The third author is a lawyer.

Titania McGrath was unavailable for comment.

The Facts of Life

While I don’t recommend the third behavior listed in Ms. Rowling’s tweet, I find it … um … interesting that she has been hounded by a Twitter mob (egged on by Vox) for the thoughtcrime of believing settled biological science.OTOH, I’m so old that I remember when the Left referred to themselves as the “reality-based community.”

Dead Naming

I’ve been informed that my podcasting partner Stacy McCain has received a seven day suspension of his Twitter account because he engaged in “dead naming,” i.e., referring to a person presenting as the opposite sex of his or her biological sex by that person’s birth name.

Explaining Twitter Safety’s aversion to inconvenient truth might be easier if one could refer to Twitter Safety by its birth name, but the outfit’s exact origin is unclear. Cheka? Gestapo? Stasi? Savak? Miniluv? …

Cowards or Bullies

The Washington Times reports that Terry Miller of Bloomfield High has set a Connecticut girls’ state indoor record of 6.95 seconds in the 55 m sprint. Second place in the event was taken by Andraya Yearwood. Both Miller and Yearwood have Y-chromosomes. Third place in the event was taken by a girl.

I wonder if athletes such as Miller and Yearwood are afraid to compete on a level playing field or if they want to take advantage of weaker competitors or if I should embrace the Power Of And in such cases.