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 Name Changes are Bad

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

[Picture of an Old Globe]I AM going to argue here that we ought to refuse to accept requests from abroad to change English names of countries and cities on the grounds that it is potentially manipulative, definitely confusing, and that it robs that country of all respect due from an historical association. 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 »

[Graphic of half price house]THE British are obsessed with two things: the weather and house prices.

The great many TV shows relating to property is a clue to how important this is to us; there’s something about “bricks and mortar” we love to invest in. In this post I shall try to explain why dropping the price of your property is a bad idea, and that everyone should act like a proper investor and wait for the tide to turn! 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 »

How to Lose Weight

Monday, 7 July 2008

[Picture of a burger and fries]A SLIMMING DIET is needed if you want to lose weight. While a little exercise can help at key times during a slimming diet, the main thing is to watch Read the rest of this entry »