I'd like to throw out a few things to think about at least for those that can think and aren't brain locked.
First of all before anyone wants to ream me for it, I think this is just a bit nutty or PC gone mad or something along those lines? That's not saying
I don't understand where some of it is coming from and obviously this professor doesn't teach biology.
From the OP for example:
“referring to women/men as females or males.”
When you think about it, what we consider women and men is infinitely more complex than just their gonads and genitalia. Take the case of a soldier
that loses his bits in an accident, which is more common than you might think. Won't he still be a man? Isn't the female that can't menstruate or
gestate or perhaps doesn't have a uterus still a woman? "Man" and "Woman" are social conventions, not biology. Aren't you more than just the parts
between your legs?
Also, when comes to thinking of male and female bodies, I don't think anyone has any difficulty picturing the differences between them in their minds
but I'll bet dollars to donuts that nobody is visualizing chromosomes because these are things we cannot readily see.
Language evolves and meanings and usages change. Some people can't keep up. To expand on what jjsr420 noted:
= male, female or intersex (hermaphrodite should not be used to refer to people - it is outdated and rude). Sex is not determined by one
single attribute alone either. The markers or indicators of sex are far more complex than your grade school biology class would lead you to believe.
= man, woman, boy, girl and a whole spectrum of in-betweens. These are culturally defined. Gender is the foundation of personality and
In other words:
originally posted by: 191stMIDET
NO FRICKEN DOUBT!!! That professor should find a new job. Disgusting. I have no hatred towards the LGBT community but THIS PC onslaught # IS
What makes you think the "LGBT community" has anything to do with this? Do we blame the black community that other ethnic or cultural groups don't use
the N-word anymore? It's not just the LGBT folks that recognize that sex and gender are not the same thing.
originally posted by: 191stMIDET
Yep. A Transexual is either a man or woman in the process of trying to look look like the opposite sex, that is not a gender. Gender is whatever sex
you are born with. I don't wish to judge people who are tranny's but the fact is YOU CANNOT BECOME ANOTHER SEX. You can not overcome genetics with
surgery, hormones etc.
You are confused and very simplistic in your thinking. Being a man or being a woman IS gender and something we are predisposed to but not born with.
Being male or female is what sex a person is and even that is more than "genetics" which I assume you mean if a person has XX or XY chromosomes. Back
to above when I asked people to visualize male and female bodies - does their invisible chromosomes even cross your mind or do you think breasts and
vaginas and penises and testicles when deciding what sex they are?
Let me put myself out there as an example. You can examine me naked and I am outwardly completely female. You can have normal heterosexual intercourse
with me because I am female and have a vagina BUT at the microscopic cellular level I have XY chromosomes and neither male or female gonads so do
invisible "genetics" matter that much in a practical way in the real world?
True, you cannot change genetics/chromosomes with "surgery, hormones, etc." but in the ways that matter, you can change perceived anatomical sex.
Also, most trans people consider the word tranny to be a slur when used by someone that isn't trans unless of course when referring to automotive
components. Not calling a black man the N-word or not calling a gay man a faggot is not some PC movement out to destroy the world, it is just the
evolution of civil decorum and language and not some tactic to divide "WE THE PEOPLE". FYI, gay, bi, trans, black and other ethnicities, religions and
creeds ARE the people. Don't have a "God Damned hissy fit" about it.
originally posted by: ksiezyc
You are what you're born. End of story.
I think that depends on who's telling it?