What’s Up With Sex Today?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Gender seems to be causing problems these days. Some people feel that it is improper to use the terms “male” and “female”, and they support their argument using science.

But you can describe a human being in great scientific detail without actually describing the person at all in any useful or meaningful way. But because science is used to manipulate, especially when it appears very complicated, it’s worth paying it some attention.It’s not daunting at all. In fact, most people remember from early high school science or biology class that there are two types of  “chromosomes” that come in pairs – one is X and the other is Y.

The SRY gene on the Y-chromosome activates all the other male-associated genes, so males have an XY-chromosome pairing, and females have an XX-chromosome pairing.

That’s nearly all there is to know – except to consider what happens when things go wrong.

Note that mutations are random, not inherited, and extremely rare.

  • One example of such a mutation is a male with an extra Y-chromosome – XYY syndrome – resulting in the male having learning difficulties, being very tall, and having lots of acne.
  • Another is Klinefelter syndrome – XXY syndrome – resulting in reading difficulties, being very tall, weakness, infertility and growing breasts.
  • Even rarer than Klinefelter syndrome is De la Chapelle syndrome or XX Male syndrome, where the father’s Y-chromosome SRY gene somehow gets attached to the XX-chomosome pairing, resulting in physical male characteristics of varying degrees.
  • While these are extremely rare, there is an even more rare variant – they call it “SRY negative XX male” – the cause of which remains something of a mystery!

It’s the mutations that are causing the problems for some people; for them it means that it is impossible to define “male” and “female”. This is silly and quite misleading.

Mutations are the exceptions that prove the rule.

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By Syko lozz – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4538118

In the vast majority of cases, females have XX-chromosomes and males have XY-chromosomes. It is silly to try to split terms and make things more complicated – for example, to suggest that you can be physically male, but a female because of an XX-chromosome pair, at the same time as genetically male because of SRY being present. This complexity is designed to confuse and confound – that a person can be defined as both male and female at the same time!

Then hormones are brought into cause further complexity – females with higher levels of male hormone are called “hormonally male”. It’s too much. It’s ridiculous.

These pseudo-science arguments detract from the message – the real argument – which is that we should be kind to people.

My arguing against pseudo-science is not an argument against being nice to people.

If a man wants to physically turn into a woman (and vice versa) that’s up to them. If a person’s sexual reference is for red-heads or people of the same gender, fine; it’s none of my business.

The problem is not about people, the problem is about systems.

We do not have systems in place to deal with this type of thing. We have tax laws based on heterosexual relationships, we have male and female bathrooms, we have greeting cards that presume babies to be boys or girls.

We do not have the etiquette to help us – what do we call someone who is transitioning from one gender to another? What is a universally acceptable term for an XX male – which bathroom should be used?

So instead of arguing for all people to be accepted, the onus ought to be on those people to help us all navigate this brave new world. The fight should be to create the etiquette and get the systems in place so that success can be possible.

Why Proportion is Important

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

[Picture of Ying Yang symbol]A LOT of people today talk about “balance”, “ying and yang”, “karma“, and even “the golden mean“, but what they’re actually talking about is proportion.

It is not hippy airy-fairyness, it is not mystical or spiritual.  Proportion is dry and practical.  The word is mostly associated with arithmetic or mathematics — along with ratio, percentage, fractions and decimals. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Learn Lessons

Friday, 17 April 2009

[Picture of Homer Simpson character saying d'oh]OUGHT we to get rid of someone who has been caught doing wrong, or ought we to given them another chance?

Put another way, how can lessons be learned from experiences if you are taken out of the situation?

[Picture of Daily Telegraph headline]I am thinking just now about the current “expenses scandal” where MPs have been caught red-handed fiddling expenses.

In any area of work, mistakes can be made, and lessons are gleaned from the experience — but only if Read the rest of this entry »

Why Jailhouse Rock is Gay

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

[Picture of jailhouse rock cover]ELVIS made it a hit. It’s been covered by the Blues Brothers and many others. But Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller’s “Jailhouse Rock” is a very strange song indeed. It is all about homosexuality in prisons. There can be no question of that.

You see, it is Read the rest of this entry »

Why Hypocrisy is Good

Monday, 10 November 2008

[Picture of religious hypocrite accusation]AN hypocrite is someone who hides intentions or true personality. At least, it is almost everywhere except where people speak English.  For some unknown reason, in English, the word has a different meaning.

When someone preaches something, but practices the exact opposite, then (but only in English) that person is accused of being an hypocrite, or of acting hypocritically. I am going to show that being an hypocrite is (a) normal, (b) healthy, (c) necessary for a civil society, (d) honest and (e) one of your human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

When Politics Died

Thursday, 11 September 2008

[Picture of adding machine]IN the USA you could be a Democrat or a Republican, in the UK you could be for the Conservative & Unionist party, the New Labour Party, or the Liberal Democrats.

The logic tells us all that if you are for one, then it follows that you are against the rest.  The difference has to be something to do with what the political party stands for. But things have now changed; politics died. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Not Forgive?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

[Picture of Angry Man]FORGIVENESS is out of fashion at the moment.

I think it is a great shame; forgiveness is a measure of civilisation, of how far we have progressed, or advanced – how civilised we have become.

Unfortunately, the present hunger is for revenge and retribution. We demand punishment for people who have done wrong, especially when Read the rest of this entry »

Why Nothing Lasts

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Archaeology a.k.a. diggingON TELEVISION, archaeology showed us all it was possible to dig down a bit and discover fossils or ancient encampments from times lone gone. They always seemed to be digging, and this remains the case as far as I can ascertain.

In my humble opinion, this seems to suggest that if you leave something alone for long enough, it will become covered over. I think this is significant.

I was quite young when I first realised this was what had happened, and further enquiries provided a startling conclusion: man was at war with nature. It was a constant battle too, with no let up.

Anything that man left alone would corrode away to Read the rest of this entry »

How Words Manipulate Part 2

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

[Picture of PM interview with Jeremy Paxman]IN a previous article posted on this blog, I attempted to show how easily we are manipulated by the wording of copyright restriction notices (see How Words Manipulate of January 2007). I wrote that article because it had become annoying enough in my mind and I needed an outlet.

Recently I have been getting annoyed by the rhetoric of the gutter press, magazines, web sites, radio and television — especially when journalists interview serious professionals who cannot resort to quips or soundbites, or when politicians are involved!

That is why I have returned to this subject. This time I want to concentrate on how we are manipulated by the spoken word — by what is known as Read the rest of this entry »

Where Is the Quality?

Monday, 1 October 2007

[Picture of Winston Churchill]WE LIVE IN A BLAND WORLD. Devoid of personality, free from character and lacking in wit.

We have created a world of political correctness, of feminine sidedness and equality, an irrational and fundamentally dishonest world. A good question would be “why?” — but I suppose no-one is allowed to ask that! Read the rest of this entry »