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Old 1st January 2020, 02:01 PM   #2281
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Originally Posted by Delphic Oracle View Post
The point seems to be that biological and behavioral definitions can be isolated from each other when it suits people, then they turn around and feign ignorance at how such a thing could be suggested.

Examples of this being used for purely negative reinforcement or othering/shaming doesn't mean the very concept of these being two different forms of identity is wrong.

I can use a scouring sponge to clean someone's face. It will be painful and a poor use of that kind of tool. That doesn't mean scouring sponges are bad and we shouldn't use them.
Absolutely. Whether we are talking about tools or talking about different uses of a word, we should use one appropriate to the situation.

In my opinion, when deciding whether someone ought to be allowed to see my sister naked in the shower, we should use the biological definition of "man".
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Old 1st January 2020, 03:43 PM   #2282
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Originally Posted by Meadmaker View Post
Absolutely. Whether we are talking about tools or talking about different uses of a word, we should use one appropriate to the situation.



In my opinion, when deciding whether someone ought to be allowed to see my sister naked in the shower, we should use the biological definition of "man".
That depends on the nature of your objection.

If it's because of the behaviors often exhibited by males, then we're really still talking about gender and gendered expectations, not biology.

Plus, when we're talking about adults of consenting age, deciding by sex is not how it really works. Plenty of men can shower with other men, but if they find out one of them is gay, suddenly it's a "big deal." Plenty of women quite want to be seen naked by men they approve of doing so.

So it seems to have a lot more to do with dynamics of attraction or whatever other criteria that particular person has, socialized norms all buried under a double-scoop of hasty generalizations assigning all of that to a binary, biological "hard-wiring."
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Old 1st January 2020, 04:01 PM   #2283
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Originally Posted by Delphic Oracle View Post
That depends on the nature of your objection.

If it's because of the behaviors often exhibited by males, then we're really still talking about gender and gendered expectations, not biology.
And if we aren't?
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Old 1st January 2020, 04:26 PM   #2284
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And if we aren't?
Feel free to explain the nature of your objection.

Nice try, though.
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Old 1st January 2020, 06:57 PM   #2285
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I suppose the answer is yes.

I'm reluctant to say that, because it's hard to figure out what possible purpose the answer (or the question) could serve. After we decide that someone is or isn't "a real man", what does that even mean? Even in the not so distant past where people frequently talked about "real men", they weren't using the phrase to actually identify a gender. The most common use was to identify some set of culturally desirable behaviors that people who are of a particular gender should aspire to. Other uses were to ridicule those who fell short of the standards, and more rarely, to praise people who had the desirable traits associated with the opposite sex. The last sort of use was almost always to praise women who had character traits commonly associated with and admired among men.

But ok, I'll play along. Yes. There is one sense of the word "man", in which it could be said, for a purely cultural sense, that there were biological males who were not "men".

Now what?
I doubt that any trans man is claiming to be biologically male, so when a trans man says "I am a man" and a biological male is told by someone "you are not a man" then they are presumably talking in the same sense, yes?
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Old 1st January 2020, 07:34 PM   #2286
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I doubt that any trans man is claiming to be biologically male, so when a trans man says "I am a man" and a biological male is told by someone "you are not a man" then they are presumably talking in the same sense, yes?
Then why all the fuss for some about changing their sex on birth certificates
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Old 1st January 2020, 07:46 PM   #2287
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I doubt that any trans man is claiming to be biologically male, so when a trans man says "I am a man" and a biological male is told by someone "you are not a man" then they are presumably talking in the same sense, yes?
Again, I'm not sure where you are going with this, but I'll play along and see.

No, they are not.

The trans man is saying something along the lines of "Despite my biological condition, I feel more like a man than a woman. Indeed, the thought of me as a woman causes me anxiety. (i.e. dysphoria). Therefore, I will identify myself as a man.

When a biological male is told by someone, "You are not a man." the speaker is making a judgment about the other person, saying that although he possesses the biology of a male, his character does not meet a sufficiently stereotypically masculine pattern to be considered a "true man". Perhaps the male is cowardly, or weak, or is insufficiently stoic (as is "take it like a man").

These are extremely different senses.
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Old 1st January 2020, 08:48 PM   #2288
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Then why all the fuss for some about changing their sex on birth certificates
If like in Mexico City its a stack of papers backed by the original document. The past isn't truly erased.
I suspect its all emotional and a hefty filing fee in state coffers.
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Old 2nd January 2020, 03:19 AM   #2289
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Again, I'm not sure where you are going with this, but I'll play along and see.

No, they are not.

The trans man is saying something along the lines of "Despite my biological condition, I feel more like a man than a woman. Indeed, the thought of me as a woman causes me anxiety. (i.e. dysphoria). Therefore, I will identify myself as a man.

When a biological male is told by someone, "You are not a man." the speaker is making a judgment about the other person, saying that although he possesses the biology of a male, his character does not meet a sufficiently stereotypically masculine pattern to be considered a "true man". Perhaps the male is cowardly, or weak, or is insufficiently stoic (as is "take it like a man").

These are extremely different senses.
In my long experience someone can be as brave and stoic as all get out but it would not cut it with the "You're not a man" crowd if he has the wrong voice, mannerisms, interests etc.

On the other hand if someone has the right mannerisms, voice etc he will be accepted as a man no matter how cowardly or unstoic he is.

So we have, on the one hand, biological males who consider themselves "men" in some mysterious non-biological sense.

And on the other hand we have biological females who consider themselves "men" in some mysterious non-biological sense.

I don't understand either, but I don't see any big difference, never mind an extreme difference.
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Old 2nd January 2020, 05:44 AM   #2290
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In my long experience someone can be as brave and stoic as all get out but it would not cut it with the "You're not a man" crowd if he has the wrong voice, mannerisms, interests etc.

On the other hand if someone has the right mannerisms, voice etc he will be accepted as a man no matter how cowardly or unstoic he is.

So we have, on the one hand, biological males who consider themselves "men" in some mysterious non-biological sense.

And on the other hand we have biological females who consider themselves "men" in some mysterious non-biological sense.

I don't understand either, but I don't see any big difference, never mind an extreme difference.
I think we are dealing with three different senses of the word.

When in doubt, we should ask google. Google knows everything.

When I google the phrase "real man", the first hit was to Urban Dictionary. In that lingo, a "real man" was synonymous with "old fashioned" in the way they act toward women.

The next entry was a question "What does it mean to be a real man?" And the answer began,

" 'A real Man' for me, personally is someone with true Dignity, Integrity, and willing to sacrifice himself to take care of others.'A real Man' is someone who has the up most respect for Women, therefore does not harm them in any way.'A real Man' is someone who doesn't give up as easily..."


That was the sense I was talking about as a "real man", and it seems that me and google are on the same page with that phrase.


What you are talking about is someone who has effeminate mannerisms, and
certainly their masculinity is questioned, and, especially in times gone by they were ridiculed, shunned, or bullied.

Similarly, and with some overlap, a homosexual might be considered less masculine.

So those are three different senses in which someone's "manhood" might be thrown into doubt. However, in none of those senses would anyone think to call those people actual women.

Interestingly, we can think of the corresponding cases for women.

"Real woman" is somewhat fuzzier, and used far less frequently as a phrase than "real man". Googling the phrase ends up with far more diverse answers. Interestingly, the most common use of the phrase in the top google hits was actually some sort of "less than perfect" sense. "Real women" were ordinary women who were not supermodels or did not fit some sort of idealized version of beauty or sex appeal. However, there were also other uses of the phrase for all sorts of different attributes. The phrase wasn't as common or the usage not as consistent as "real man".

On the other hand, corresponding to the sense of effeminacy in men, women who are "butch" might be called less feminine, and homosexual women might have their femininity questioned.

Again, though, though, these sorts of women would not be considered actual men. People who were not "real men", or men who were "girly" or women who were "butch" weren't perceived as the opposite sex. They were more perceived as somehow sexless.

So there are multiple senses of words that might be used, or have been used in the recent past, to signal that a person who was a given biological sex somehow did not fit into some sort of idealized version of that sex, and so were not "really" a man or a woman, or were "less of" a man or woman, but in no sense of those words was there ever a sense that made them actually part of the other sex.

In short, I'm still not following your reasoning. If we talk about biological males who were somehow said to not be "real men", or otherwise characterized as something other than male, they sure as heck weren't considered to be "real women" either.
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Old 2nd January 2020, 08:33 PM   #2291
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For an analogous situation, for many races there are derogatory terms oreo/banana/etc. for not being "real" Black/Chinese/etc people. But no one takes that to mean Rachel Dolezal could possibly be a Black person. (Again, I'm not claiming trans people are like Dolezal, I am making the reference in the context of an argument I think is problematic and reject.)

My problem with the line of argument is that it seems to endorse that gender non-conforming people really aren't men or women, so it is a weirdly conservative and reactionary take.
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Old 2nd January 2020, 10:24 PM   #2292
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Sorry, but do you mind clarifying your question in the last paragraph?

Yes I am probably dim
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Old 4th January 2020, 09:33 AM   #2293
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JK Rowling comes out in support of fired anti-trans bigot in the UK.

Rowling finally a mask-off TERF

https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...maya-forstater
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It's about time Rowling stood up for what is right, since she's one of the few women in a position to do so without being sacked or no platformed, which is the usual reaction of the increasingly delusional and authoritarian trans lobby.
Saw an interesting exchange on this topic recently, between a former JREF poster and another skeptic blogger named Andy Lewis.

https://twitter.com/skepchicks/statu...04236620460032

https://twitter.com/lecanardnoir/sta...23227644420101

http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2020...cepticism.html
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Old 4th January 2020, 04:41 PM   #2294
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You know, I read that and didn't clock the "Rebecca" part at the time. My bad. Sudden lightbulb moment.
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Old 4th January 2020, 04:55 PM   #2295
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You know, I read that and didn't clock the "Rebecca" part at the time. My bad. Sudden lightbulb moment.
I think it's fair to say that Andy is doing scientific skepticism somewhat better than Rebecca at this point, inasmuch as he is carefully outlining and addressing specific scientific questions under dispute. He is, alas, completely failing at signaling social virtue in the usual sense.
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Old 13th January 2020, 01:54 AM   #2296
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Graham Linehan (author of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd, among other things), is under attack on Twitter (there's a hashtag!) for making what seem to me reasonable points.

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So why is all this happening? It’s happening because of one phrase, because of one piece of dogma, perhaps initially meant as a kindness, but which has mutated into a tribal signal and an expression of literal truth. That statement is, of course, “Trans women are women”. An ideology that came out of the whackiest corner of American academia, has, via social networks, cognitively conquered mainstream organisations all through the western world, including—sorry, Sacha— including the ADL.

You may remember someone projected the phase on the side of Westminster, but perhaps you forgot, as I did, that they actually preceded it with the words. ‘Repeat after us’.

“Repeat after us. Trans women are women”. Projected onto the seat of power in the UK.

But here’s one major problem with the phrase. Before you can redefine what the word woman means, you must receive the unanimous approval of every woman living on earth.
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Old 13th January 2020, 08:51 AM   #2297
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I don't think unanimous approval is necessary.
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I don't think unanimous approval is necessary.
I'd be impressed if enough consensus was achieved among native speakers of English (men and women alike) to get the new meaning of the word listed as a lexical definitionWP in one or two standard dictionaries of the language.
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I'd be impressed if enough consensus was achieved among native speakers of English (men and women alike) to get the new meaning of the word listed as a lexical definitionWP in one or two standard dictionaries of the language.
I wouldn't, because it doesn't actually take consensus among native speakers of English, but only among the editors of said standard dictionary. Although ideally the editor's consensus matches the consensus of English speakers, there is no mechanism to actually enforce that. And we are under exactly the conditions where you might expect them to diverge: a politically contentious issue with strident activists who apply pressure to use preferred definitions.
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Yeah, that's some totalitarian **** right there. An attitude summed up by the phrase "You will be made to care."
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Sooner or later, M-W and Oxford are going to turn into Urban Dictionary.
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And we are under exactly the conditions where you might expect them to diverge: a politically contentious issue with strident activists who apply pressure to use preferred definitions.
Fair point, but have said activists converged on a definition which isn't explicitly self-referential yet? (I hear dictionarists are uptight about that sort of thing.)
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When I google the phrase "real man",
Why would you do that? I haven't used the expression 'real man' as far as I am aware, so how is that relevant to what I am saying?

How do you expect to follow my (pretty straightforward) reasoning if you go off on tangents like this?
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Why would you do that? I haven't used the expression 'real man' as far as I am aware, so how is that relevant to what I am saying?

How do you expect to follow my (pretty straightforward) reasoning if you go off on tangents like this?
Well it seems I am not very good at following pretty straightforward reasoning. I keep thinking you must be getting at something, but it seems that I'm not very good at figuring out what it is, so I'll give up trying to figure out the import of any questions you have.

I'll continue to answer them, though, if you would like answers. I'll go back to your last one.

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I doubt that any trans man is claiming to be biologically male, so when a trans man says "I am a man" and a biological male is told by someone "you are not a man" then they are presumably talking in the same sense, yes?
The answer is no.
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Old 31st January 2020, 05:42 PM   #2305
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A man beat a transgender woman for using the correct bathroom -- the women's. Now he's guilty of a hate crime

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An man who beat a transgender woman for using the women's restroom was found guilty of a hate crime.

Fred Constanza was convicted in an Oregon court for first-degree bias crime, second-degree assault and harassment for the August attack on Lauren Jackson, a transgender woman. Jackson was visiting Agate State Beach Park near Newport, Oregon, on the day of the attack. She stopped to use the women's restroom -- and that's when Costanza walked over 100 yards across the park to confront her, multiple witnesses told Newport police.

Costanza hit Jackson 10 times, police said. She told them he was holding her hair back to prevent her from escaping. Newport police found Jackson bleeding from her face with a broken jaw after Constanza had fled the scene. He was arrested later that day.

Constanza, 37, of Idaho entered a not-guilty plea in September. He remained jailed in Lincoln County, Oregon, until his January trial, the Oregonian reported. A week after his trial began on January 22, a jury found him guilty on three counts...
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Thatís a pretty terrible op-ed. The tell that itís just dogma is that it doesnít describe any of the criteria or test methods used by any of these organizations which itís arguing against.
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I thought the really telling bit was where the author collapses the ideas of sex and gender into a sort of conceptual melting pot.

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The last 50 years of science and scholarship have demonstrated that while gender is structured in many societies as a binary, it is not lived as binary. In fact, the determinations of gender, both social and biological, are extremely complex and fluid. To empower unaccountable sports bodies, advised by self-selected physicians, to exclude some women on the basis of their personal perceptions of womanhood is both wrong-headed and unfair.


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I thought the really telling bit was where the author collapses the ideas of sex and gender into a sort of conceptual melting pot.
"biological gender". The original point of introducing gender as separate from sex was that gender wasn't supposed to be biological even though sex was. Now sex is to be completely replaced by gender, which can be either social or biological, but is fluid in both cases. The efforts to create newspeak continue apace.
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Old 11th February 2020, 11:25 AM   #2310
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Originally Posted by d4m10n View Post
The problem - as always - comes back to the level playing field.

Women have been denied that for all human history, and the gender wage gap reveals it's still happening in 2019, when the idea of gender can't be discussed outside of allowing trans women all the rights of women, as well as the biological advantage being born a bloke confers by way of strength, bone structure and muscle mass.

The most important part of the Op-Ed seems to be the bit under the photo, which says:

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Negesa, who identifies as female and was born with external female genitalia, but also with internal male genitalia, had surgery to lower her male levels of testosterone so that she could continue to compete. Her years since the surgery have been a struggle.
Case closed for me - it is blindingly obvious she had a natural advantage over women who don't have testicles, and since most chicks wouldn't want to grow a pair to compete, even if they were able to, people like Semenya and Negesa aren't competitive any more.

Boo - bloody - hoo.

Half a dozen women are harmed by the decision, 3.5 billion are empowered.
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Old 11th February 2020, 12:21 PM   #2311
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The problem - as always - comes back to the level playing field.
Agreed. If you're going to have a separate league for adults who have never experienced the advantaging effects of endogenous testosterone, you have to have some way of determining who gets to play in that league. The author of the Globe and Mail piece basically sidesteps this problem (so far as I can tell) in favor of subjective personal identity.
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Women have been denied that for all human history, and the gender wage gap reveals it's still happening in 2019
By the love of ****, please get informed on that "gap" rather than just blindly repeating it.
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By the love of ****, please get informed on that "gap" rather than just blindly repeating it.
Heck, you really do have an allergy to facts, don't you?

Please feel free to start a thread on "The Gender Wage Gap is a Myth" and I'll be in it with boots on.
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Heck, you really do have an allergy to facts, don't you?

Please feel free to start a thread on "The Gender Wage Gap is a Myth" and I'll be in it with boots on.
This thread starts off shaky, but then gets into the thick of it:
http://www.internationalskeptics.com...d.php?t=292005

Here's another one that gets right into it:
http://www.internationalskeptics.com...d.php?t=184875
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Connecticut allowing trans girls to compete without restriction in school sports is letting the ADF look reasonable. This is going to be a successful wedge issue for conservatives.
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Connecticut allowing trans girls to compete without restriction in school sports is letting the ADF look reasonable. This is going to be a successful wedge issue for conservatives.
Seems like it should be a successful wedge issue for everyone besides trans-activists. Or rather, in a sane America, conservatives and progressives both would be united on this particular point.
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Connecticut allowing trans girls to compete without restriction in school sports is letting the ADF look reasonable. This is going to be a successful wedge issue for conservatives.
It already is.

I think it gave us President Trump. No, nobody ever says, "I'm voting for Trump because he will kick the boys off the girls' track team." but I remember listening to Hugh Hewitt (one of the more reasonable right wing radio yappers) on November 8, 2016 exhorting people to get out and vote, especially in swing states. Among the lines in his litany of reasons to make sure to get to the polls was, "Come on, North Carolina! Are you going to let the NCAA tell you what to do!"

It was a close election. This is the sort of issue that makes 1% of the people say, "You've got to be kidding me."
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You know, I'm back on the position that socially transitioned girls are girls and should be free to compete. A girl is a girl, and they are girl. Some girls will have natural athletic advantages than others for various reasons. This just so happens to be theirs.
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You know, I'm back on the position that socially transitioned girls are girls and should be free to compete. A girl is a girl, and they are girl. Some girls will have natural athletic advantages than others for various reasons. This just so happens to be theirs.
Should boys also be allowed to compete?
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Should boys also be allowed to compete?
Yes, but that is a position I have outside of the issue of transgender athletes. I think we discussed that before.
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