Weekly Reading List
April 16, 2023
I (Colin Wright) will be giving a talk in Davis, CA, on April 22nd from 4pm - 6pm PT about the biology of sex and the dangers of gender ideology in the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library. After the presentation, Erin Friday from Our Duty, an international support network for parents that wish to protect their children from gender ideology, will moderate a Q&A with me and parents from Davis schools.
This event is sponsored by Moms for Liberty, and is FREE for both in-person and Zoom attendance. No reservation required. See more details below.
The following is a specially-curated reading list for RLS supporters. It contains my personal selections and summaries of the week’s best articles on a variety of topics. Happy reading!
A Biologist Explains Why Sex Is Binary | Colin Wright
Evolutionary biologist and Manhattan Institute Fellow Colin Wright, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues that while the transgender movement has left many Americans confused about sex, biologically there are only two sexes: male and female. Wright explains that the existence of intersex people, whose genitalia appear ambiguous or mixed, does not render the sex binary arbitrary and meaningless. Rather, the existence of borderline cases no more raises questions about everyone else’s sex than the existence of dawn and dusk casts doubt on day and night. He argues that crafting policy to exclude males who identify as women from female sports, prisons, restrooms and other female-only spaces is not complicated, but should be based on biological sex rather than identity.
"In reality, the existence of borderline cases no more raises questions about everyone else’s sex than the existence of dawn and dusk casts doubt on day and night," Wright writes. "For the vast majority of people, their sex is obvious. And our society isn’t experiencing a sudden dramatic surge in people born with ambiguous genitalia. We are experiencing a surge in people who are unambiguously one sex claiming to 'identify' as the opposite sex or as something other than male or female."