A comedy piece published on Slate yesterday preaches that transwomen are biologically female and that “there is plainly no one type of body that we could accurately label a “male body.” This piece is full of Advanced Gender Theory, the kind that only makes sense to bored, middle-class college students who are smoking too much weed.
Here are some of the more hilarious bits:
“At birth, we classify infants as male or female based solely on the appearance of their external genitalia. Notably, this classification serves population control and surveillance and not medical purposes. The medical experts I have spoken with could not identify a single medical purpose for assigning sex at birth.”
“By embracing a narrative that one is born with a “male body,” we reinforce the idea that only the bodies we assign male at birth— bodies that have medically normative penises— are male. But that simply isn’t true. It is a choice to refer to some bodies as male and some bodies as female, not a fact.”
“Additionally, all components of sex from genitals to hormones to chromosomes exist on a spectrum rather than as a binary.”
“And yet, we maintain our investment in the narrative that our bodies are male or female at birth. But it is simply untenable to retain these narratives when we know our bodies to be far more complex and beautiful.”
This writer adamantly defends men’s right to redefine their penises as female, and at the end of the article, she reveals that she is a trans man. It makes me very sad when females defend men’s rights as if it’s in their own best interest.
Anyway, the comments on this article have been great. Nobody is buying this crap at all. Everyone is noticing that if we think human biology is whatever we make up on the spot, then we’ll have absolutely no idea how babies are made. Some hilarious jokes were made by commenters, such as:
“I’m telling my husband that he’s having the next kid.”
“You are going to have to grab some of your eggs and jam them in his penis.”
“Save me OB/GYN Kenobi”
And I can’t possibly make up any jokes that will come anywhere near the level of genius of that OB/GYN Kenobi joke. But I do have this to say: these gender studies people seriously need to get a grip. Humans aren’t just random collections of meaningless body parts that can be mixed and matched on a whim. The words male and female actually mean something. I think that even disciples of Advanced Gender Bullshit 401 know how babies are made, and I think that every time they say this stuff, they’re expressing a wish rather than a belief. Every person who menstruates knows that she can become pregnant, regardless of her feelings about her gender, and she also knows who can get her pregnant. Can you imagine what life would be like if we truly believed that male and female were meaningless and that biology was totally random? People would be completely unable to know whether they can become pregnant or not and how. If the fact that I menstruate didn’t actually indicate to me that I have a uterus and ovaries, and that these parts are involved in gestating babies, then I’d have no idea that I needed to use birth control. If I truly believed that having a penis didn’t indicate that someone produced sperm, then I’d have no idea which people around me would be capable of getting me pregnant. If bodies were just random mix ‘n’ match parts, and if our sexual anatomy was actually a spectrum, rather than a binary, then I’d have absolutely no idea what parts of other people I could touch without either being impregnated or impregnating somebody else. Maybe touching someone’s elbow with my foot could get them pregnant, right? I mean why not, if our biology is this unfathomable spectrum of possibilities?
The thing is, even trans activists know that biology is real. They’re just promoting an increasingly silly party line because if they don’t, they’ll be causing the suicides of 100,000,000 wankers with Internet connections. I don’t think promoting silly nonsense is doing anything to help people who are dealing with gender dysphoria. What people really need is reality-based help and support that helps them to work out things like trauma, internalized sexism, internalized homophobia, sexual fetishes, dissociation, low self-esteem and depression. If these issues were dealt with honestly and effectively, hardly anyone would ever go on to require serious medical interventions. And what we need above all else is to stop enforcing the cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity on people, because if these roles didn’t exist then it wouldn’t be possible for someone to perform them the wrong way.