Weekly Reality Report
May 28, 2023
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Gender Ideology’s Shaky Twin Pillars | Colin Wright & Samuel Stagg
In an article for the City Journal, evolutionary biologist Colin Wright and neurobiology PhD student Samuel Stagg critically examine two main pillars of gender ideology: the assertion of sex as a spectrum rather than distinct and immutable categories, and the belief in an innate, unchangeable “gender identity.” They dispute the validity of these claims, arguing that they lack empirical support and are rather upheld by politically motivated ideologies.
The authors use the example of an article by English professor Jennifer Finney Boylan to illustrate what they consider misinterpretations of biological sex and “brain sex” in support of gender ideology. Wright and Stagg emphasize that the role of scientists is to describe the natural world as accurately as possible, and that it is important to refute falsehoods about gender identity, which they believe have consequences, such as the justification of permanent medical procedures and the elimination of sex-based distinctions in law.
The authors critique Boylan’s explanations of biological sex and gender identity. They challenge her assertions about chromosomal variations and conditions like Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (CAIS) and argue that she misunderstands the differentiation between primary sex organs and secondary sex characteristics. Wright and Stagg also dispute the concept of “brain sex” which Boylan uses to provide a biological basis for transgender identities. By pointing to various studies, they argue that such research often fails to account for the influence of sexual orientation, which they assert is associated with atypical patterns in brain structures and responses. The authors maintain that gender and sex are determined by reproductive anatomy and the potential to produce certain types of gametes, rather than brain structures or chromosomal variations. They conclude by stating that one cannot be “born in the wrong body,” challenging the narrative that biological sex can be fundamentally mismatched with one's gender identity.
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