Why Sex Isn’t a Spectrum

The word “sex,” as in whether you are male or female, is not unrelated to the word “sex,” as in getting busy in the bedroom. Sex organs are named for their function–they are used in sex. Sex is the process by which a species reproduces. For humans, sex also may (or may not) be a jolly fun time for its participants, but such entertainment potential does not inform its scientific labeling.

Reproduction in humans is a process that involves exactly two roles and only two roles. Someone provides the gamete called sperm and someone provides the gamete called ova (and in humans, gestates the offspring in a womb). There is not a third gamete.

A given individual can play the male role in reproduction if equipped, the female role if equipped, or neither role if their sex organs are dysfunctional or anomalous. Being “equipped” depends upon normal chromosomal and other development.

Intersex conditions represent a disorder of sex development, not an introduction of new and additional kinds of sex development. They don’t provide a third gamete or perform a third role, much less a “spectrum” of gametes or roles.

The idea that sex is a spectrum comes from the view that a person’s sex is primarily interesting or erotic or an impetus for self-expression, and overlooks its function. It’s an ideological concept, not a scientific one.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Why Sex Isn’t a Spectrum

  1. Clear and to the point!

    Let me be the first to bring up clownfish. They supposedly change sex, right? I was thinking about this this morning and just now looked it up. Apparently clownfish have germs cells (embryo cells) for both male and female gonads. The body parts that make the gametes. Humans including intersex do not. In other words the fish have two sets of gonads. (Gonads in humans are ovaries and testes) So in addition to not being mammals these fish have extra anatomy. And they do change sex. But they have two sexes built into their body from birth and the “change” is just the other one being activated.

    They’re super different from humans in other ways too. They’re all supposedly born male. But then the article said in a school of clown fish the biggest one turns into a female, at fish puberty? And mates with the second biggest one which is male and reproductively functional. But all the other little clown fish just stay nonsexual. Their gonads don’t develop. They are sexless and can’t reproduce. So clownfish have reproductive anatomy utterly unlike humans. More like bees 🐝 Almost as if they were a different species. 😉😆 Next time you hear some trans apologist invoke clownfish to say sex is a spectrum you’ll be glad you know this. 😊🐡

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  2. Nice article, Trans Widow, thanks for saying (again) what everyone knows – but some seem to refuse to accept. I’m convinced that trans-activists know all these facts, but they’re trying to reinvent the word “sex” to alleviate their dysphoria.

    Even if TW could prove that, for example, their brains are more similar to average women’s brains than the average men’s brains (which I doubt they can, especially due to the high level of violence among TW – comparable to “cis” male humans and well above women’s averages) it would still not change the essential nature of their innate male sex, which is immutable (with present human knowledge).
    It’d would be similar, for example, to a man with relatively small limbs to be “identified” as a woman because women’s limbs are on average smaller than men’s, etc.
    Another example is the following interesting talk of Steven Pinker on the psychological differences between human females and males

    The differences between the two sexes are clear but the fact that there is an intersection of abilities, personalities and traits is cannot be used to define the sexual class to which a person belongs.

    The problem of trans-people is psychological, not physical, therefore the attempt of trans-activists to reinvent the word “sex”, which is essentially a physical aspect of all living individuals – as you said it very well in your article – is just a manifestation of their (psychological) illness.

    But some gender-critical trans-people are aware of the politicization of their problem and don’t align themselves with trans-activism, for example,

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