18 May The Science of Gender
On social media, I have read one too many times that saying humans are born as either male or female is not science, rather it is just an opinion. So am I going to quickly go over the science that is taught in basic biology.
This is the science that defines gender:
- DNA. and not just some obscure gene, but an entire chromosomal pair as well as many genes that seem to be sex specific define gender.
- Reproductive organs. The vast, vast majority of all organisms are born with reproductive organs for only one gender. Male humans have testicles, a penis and other organs and certain hormones that denote male. Female humans have ovaries, a uterus, a vagina, breasts and other organs and certain hormones that denote female.
3.Gametes. All semi-complex and complex organisms produce either a male or female gamete that has 1/2 the chromosomes of normal cells that when combined with the opposite gamete of the same organism will form offspring. Science defines females as those who produce ova and males as those who produce sperm.
This is what transgender persons and their advocates would like us to believe and consider science: DNA, reproductive organs and gametes do not matter. Whether or not a person is a male or female has more to do with their feelings and a strict set of gender roles which can be changing even from day to day according to feelings.
For example: A person with an XY pair of chromosomes and other genes that are sex specific, male reproductive organs, and sperm gametes can still be a female if he likes pretty things, high heels and wearing dresses, the color pink, to cook and sew, fashion, and literature and art more than math and science.
In actuality, transgender persons suffer from a mental illness that the American Psychological Association has termed “gender dysphoria”. It is real in the minds of the transgender. There is very little question that these people firmly believe they were born in the wrong body. This does not make it a scientific or biological reality.
The fact that gender dysphoria exists does not constitute a third gender nor does it mean that men and women can be born with the biological brain of one gender and the biological body of another.
There is debate about how the medical community should treat gender dysphoria. Some believe children and adults should go through a lifetime of hormone therapy while surgically removing the body parts that denote their gender, later receiving plastic surgery to replace those body parts with that of the opposite gender. Others believe therapy and treatment such as received by anorexia patients is a better method. Neither of these are science. They are both simply treatments. The science of gender is pretty cut and dry and has more to do with reproduction than feelings, likes, or dislikes.