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 The Pope Resigned

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

[Picture of Pope John Paul II]POPE JOHN PAUL II was charismatic, well-loved, and out-going. His almost 27 year-long papacy was outward looking, and that was a major problem for the Roman catholic church; it was falling apart both organisationally and doctrinally.

It’s difficult to put the view that John Paul II  was bad for the church because he was so universally liked. I am arguing that here that Pope Benedict was needed because John Paul was bad for the church, and because of what happened with John Paul in terms of infirmity and decline, Benedict had no option but to resign this week.

Pope John Paul promoted a lot of the ‘wrong people’ into powerful positions, and one of his favourites was the Rev. Marcial Maciel of ‘The Legion of Christ’ — who grew utterly corrupt, and extremely powerful and wealthy under John Paul during his last years with Parkinson’s Disease.

The church’s finances were questionable, and behind the scenes was an ever-growing corruption of many types. Nothing had been done about increasing number of the sexual abuse allegations reported about in the papers, and no-one feared the Pope in his many long years of declining health and ability.

Under Karol Józef Wojtyła as John Paul II , the Roman Catholic church had shrunk considerably, it was falling apart, and it seemed to be never out of the press for all the wrong reasons.

If only John Paul II has resigned before things had got so bad.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had taken a job that no-one else wanted, Read the rest of this entry »

How Design Really Changes Lives

Monday, 28 February 2011

IT IS often said that no-one notices good design, but everyone notices when cupboard doors collide, window latches cannot be reached, or games consoles break.  Everyone knows bad design.

It is true that we all put up with badly designed road traffic systems, and we know that cars could be designed better. There are many products, buildings, and organisational structures that could be improved upon with a little consideration and care.

Design — good or bad — is far more important than it gets credit for.  Design affects us all very deeply indeed.  It you think again about the phrase used to open this article —  if no-one notices good design, then it must be the case that it operates on an unconscious level.  So design is affecting us all the time, whether we know it or not.

Design can give us repetitive strain injury, design can help save lives. It is a wonderful thing, and I hope to show here how recent changes in design have changed us into 21st century people, and that it has affected our culture and lifestyles, and that it may continue to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »