Let's talk about sex

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Debunking the whole confusion over sex and gender in relation to transgender people and feminism

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<ul><li> 1. The new neuroconstructivist perspective of brain development emphasises the sheer exhilarating tangle of a continuous interaction among genes, brain and environment. Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender, 2010, p.177 </li></ul> <p> 2. Baby has penis, vagina or intersex genital configuration Society: we need to classify this child! (with surgery to fit the binary categories if necessary) Children are assigned a sex (which is really a gender) and are expected to live with this 3. This system of classification is detrimental to three groups of people: 4. This system of classification is detrimental to three groups of people: Intersex people 5. This system of classification is detrimental to three groups of people: Intersex people Those classified as women 6. This system of classification is detrimental to three groups of people: Intersex people Those classified as women Transgender people 7. Penises and vaginas are indeed biological facts 8. Penises and vaginas are indeed biological facts Giving a child a legal status and a set of labels that correspond to their penis or vagina is a social construct 9. Penises and vaginas are indeed biological facts Giving a child a legal status and a set of labels that correspond to their penis or vagina is a social construct This construct is comfortable for many, but for transgender people it is a source of profound distress 10. Expecting a trans person to be socially and legally defined by the genitals they were born with is oppressive. 11. Expecting a trans person to be socially and legally defined by the genitals they were born with is oppressive. Whether this classification is named sex or gender does not change how oppressive it is 12. This is biology 13. Sex and gender are systems created by, and for the convenience of, cis people. 14. Sex and gender are systems created by, and for the convenience of, cis people. These are constructed words and systems, not biological facts 15. Sex and gender are systems created by, and for the convenience of, cis people. These are constructed words and systems, not biological facts If the dominant system benefits cis people but damages trans people, then it is oppressive to trans people 16. Sex and gender are systems created by, and for the convenience of, cis people. These are constructed words and systems, not biological facts If the dominant system benefits cis people but damages trans people, then it is oppressive to trans people Trans people may use that dominant language but subvert it 17. Cis feminism: wants to abolish gender but preserve sex assignment 18. Cis feminism: wants to abolish gender but preserve sex assignment Trans feminism: recognises that sex assignment is a part of the oppressive system of gender 19. work with transsexuals, and studies of formation of gender identity in children provide basic information which challenges the notion that there are two discrete biological sexes. That information threatens to transform the traditional biology of sex difference into the radical biology of sex similarity. That is not to say there is one sex, but that there are many. The evidence which is germane here is simple. The words male and female, man and woman, are used only because as yet there are no others. . . Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating, 1974 </p>