I hope you recognize the title as a line from The Three Stooges, in which Curly gets stuck on “when men were men…” and Moe has to slap him to change the record. All in italics and blue ink are my comments and questions.
Planned Parenthood weighs in:
“There’s a lot more to being male, female, or any gender than the sex assigned at birth. Your biological or assigned sex does not always tell your complete story. It’s common for people to confuse sex, gender, and gender identity. But they’re actually all different things.
- Sex is a label — male or female — that you’re assigned by a doctor at birth based on the genitals you’re born with and the chromosomes you have. It goes on your birth certificate.
- Gender is much more complex: It’s a social and legal status, and set of expectations from society, about behaviors, characteristics, and thoughts. Each culture has standards about the way that people should behave based on their gender. This is also generally male or female. But instead of being about body parts, it’s more about how you’re expected to act, because of your sex.
- Gender identity is how you feel inside and how you express your gender through clothing, behavior, and personal appearance. It’s a feeling that begins very early in life.
- Assigned sex is a label that you’re given at birth based on medical factors, including your hormones, chromosomes, and genitals. Most people are assigned male or female, and this is what’s put on their birth certificates.
- Some people call the sex we’re assigned at birth “biological sex.” But this term doesn’t fully capture the complex biological, anatomical, and chromosomal variations that can occur. Having only two options (biological male or biological female) might not describe what’s going on inside a person’s body.
- Instead of saying “biological sex,” some people use the phrase “assigned male at birth” or “assigned female at birth.” This acknowledges that someone (often a doctor) is making a decision for someone else. The assignment of a biological sex may or may not align with what’s going on with a person’s body, how they feel, or how they identify.
“The factors that determine our assigned sex begin as early as fertilization.
- Each sperm has either an X or a Y chromosome in it. All eggs have an X chromosome.
- When sperm fertilizes an egg, its X or Y chromosome combines with the X chromosome of the egg.
- A person with XX chromosomes usually has female sex and reproductive organs, and is therefore usually assigned biologically female.
- A person with XY chromosomes usually has male sex and reproductive organs, and is therefore usually assigned biologically male.
“It’s easy to confuse sex and gender. Just remember that biological or assigned sex is about biology, anatomy, and chromosomes. Gender is society’s set of expectations, standards, and characteristics about how men and women are supposed to act. Since when? According to whom?
“Your gender identity is how you feel inside and how you express those feelings. Clothing, appearance, and behaviors can all be ways to express your gender identity. Most people feel that they’re either male or female. Some people feel like a masculine female, or a feminine male. Some people feel neither male nor female. These people may choose labels such as “genderqueer,” “gender variant,” or “gender fluid.” Your feelings about your gender identity begin as early as age 2 or 3.” What, and whom, influences how a little child feels about anything? Who says that a 2 or 3 year old feels or thinks about their gender identity at all?
“Some people’s assigned sex and gender identity are pretty much the same, or in line with each other. These people are called cisgender.” So now we need a special term to denote someone who is congruent with their own sex? According to what authority? Where did that term come from? You mean “normal” isn’t good enough? Normal would mean that people who are confused about their sex are abnormal. Well, aren’t they?
“Other people feel that their assigned sex is of the other gender from their gender identity (i.e., assigned sex is female, but gender identity is male). These people are called transgender or trans. Not all transgender people share the same exact identity.” Then how many identities are there? Does the word “exact” even mean anything in this context?
THIS ENTIRE “CONTROVERSY” COMES DOWN TO ONE THING, WHICH IS RAMPANT NOW IN WESTERN NATIONS: FEELINGS TRUMP EVERYTHING. THEREFORE BIOLOGY, MEDICAL PRACTICES, EDUCATION, LOGIC, REASON, MODESTY, PRIVACY MUST ALL BE MODIFIED TO ASSUAGE FEELINGS. OF WHOM? WHY EVERYONE, OF COURSE? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO ENABLE EVERYONE TO FEEL GOOD AND NO ONE TO HAVE HURT FEELINGS? IT ISN’T. THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM. I HAVE A RADICAL SOLUTION: GET OVER YOUR DAMN FEELINGS!!!
WHY SHOULD 99% OF THE POPULATION HAVE TO ACCOMMODATE THE 1% (in the case of transgender) WHO WALLOW IN CONFUSION? LET THE 1% DEAL WITH IT. EVERYONE HAS HURT FEELINGS ABOUT SOMETHING! THE REST OF US DEAL.