Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion?

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Oct 2, 2017

Are male and female one and the same? Or are there real male-female differences rooted in biology? Ashley McGuire, author of "Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female," explains.

Scientific fact: Men and women have major biological differences that hormone therapy and surgery cannot erase.

  • Men naturally have more bone mass and skeletal size than women, even if they are the same size overall.View Source
  • Men are born with greater muscle mass, and more fast twitch muscles. They also have greater aerobic capacity.View Source
  • Over the past 15 years, “new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and women’s brains are wired and how they work.”View Source
  • Northwestern neuroscientists found an “intrinsic biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

New scientific technologies have demonstrated even more conclusively that men and women’s brains are wired differently.

  • Over the past 15 years, “new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and women’s brains are wired and how they work.”View Source
  • Northwestern neuroscientists found an “intrinsic biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

It’s unfair to women to allow men who believe they are women to play women’s sports.

  • Men are born with greater muscle mass, and more fast twitch muscles. They also have greater aerobic capacity. The gap between men’s and women’s world record runs at all distances are between 9 and 10%.View Source
  • Men naturally have more bone mass and skeletal size than women, even if they are the same size overall. By average, males have a lean mass of 92% compared with 79% for females.View Source
  • Fallon Fox, a biological male MMA fighter, was allowed to fight as a woman simply because he identified as one. Fallon left female fighter Tamikka Brents with a broken skull and a concussion. Brents said of her match with Fox, “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life....”View Source
  • Dr. Ramona Krutzik, M.D. said that despite Fallon Fox’s hormone replacement therapy, it could take about 15 years to see a decrease in bone mass. She also said, “Women also have lighter, child bearing hips because of the difference in hormones during the body's developmental years...Those changes cannot be undone. They are permanent.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

Is gender a social construct as the left claims? More and more scientific evidence says no—males and females have intrinsic differences.

  • The belief that people can choose their gender was born out of the 60s and 70s, but recent scientific advances have debunked the belief that men and women are basically the same. For example, women produce more Oxytocin during intercourse, a hormone that facilitates bonding, than men do.View Source
  • For many years, researchers, assuming that differences between male and female behavior was largely cultural, only used male animals in researching brain function. But these practices are changing “as new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and women’s brains are wired and how they work.”View Source
  • Northwestern neuroscientists found an “intrinsic biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.”View Source
  • The “proof” for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is having strongly held feelings.View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

In order to push their “gender identity” agenda, progressives are criminalizing the use of biologically correct pronouns.

  • In Canada, federal bill C-16 protects gender identity and expression through the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal code. The vague law criminalizes free speech.View Source
  • A similar law has been passed in New York City, requiring businesses to use employees’ and customers’ preferred gender pronouns. Lawbreakers could be fined $125,000 or 250,000 for willful violations.View Source
  • The Canadian law defends subjective gender expression in the same way race and religion are protected. Gender expression has no precise legal definition, and essentially comes down to a person’s choice of fashion and hairstyle.View Source
  • In California, a bill has been proposed that would give health care workers to up to year in jail if they did not use a patient’s preferred pronoun.View Source
  • A North Carolina school district declared that students can no longer be called “boys and girls” but only “students.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

Ironically, the quest for sameness between the sexes is occurring at a time when science is telling us clearer than ever we are different. 

  • A recent study found that boys and girls 9 to 17 months old had preferences for “male” or “female” toys. Children at this age show little to no signs of recognizing other children’s sex.View Source
  • Women are more communicative than men. Multiple studies have found that women, on average, say significantly more words than men in a given day, with one estimate putting the difference at approximately 20,000 to 7,000.View Source
  • Men are born with greater muscle mass, and more fast twitch muscles and have greater aerobic capacity.View Source
  • Men naturally have more bone mass and skeletal size than women, even if they are the same size overall.View Source
  • Northwestern neuroscientists found an “intrinsic biological difference between males and females.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” – Ashley McGuireView Source

It’s now okay for a man to hit a woman.

That, in effect, is what a mixed martial arts league decided when it allowed Fallon Fox, a biological male, to fight as a woman simply because he identifies as one.

And the consequence of this decision?

Fox sent female fighter Tamikka Brents to the hospital with a broken skull and a concussion. Brents needed seven surgical staples to bind her wounds. The battered woman, a trained fighter herself, said of her match with Fox, “I’ve never felt so overpowered in my life.”

Twenty years ago, if a man hit a woman so hard that he sent her to the hospital, he’d be in prison. Now he can get paid for it.

Today we are told that male and female are one and the same.

This denial of male-female differences has led to the astonishing belief that men and women are not born male or female; they are whatever gender they say they are. Facebook went so far as to offer its users over 50 genders to choose from. Know what a “demi-boy” is? Me, neither.

The idea that gender-identification is now a personal choice might sound enlightened to some, but it’s actually a very anti-scientific view of one of the essential facts of life: men and women are inherently different. Their brains are different, their hormones are different, their chromosomes are different, and, of course, their bodies are different.

No amount of peer-reviewed papers from gender studies departments can change this. But that won’t stop the progressive elites who run our universities, news media, many of our biggest companies, and even our high schools and elementary schools from trying.

For their efforts, women will pay an especially high price. 

That’s because the men-and-women-are-the-same argument invariably leads women to be judged against a male standard. Or, to put it another way, to be more of a woman, a woman has to be more like a man.

She has to want to have casual sex like a man; to serve in combat like a man; to pursue a career with single-minded intensity like a man. Of course, there are exceptions, but the overwhelming majority of women aren’t seeking casual sex; don’t have the physical strength of men; and don’t share the same work-life priorities as men.

Ironically, this quest for sameness is occurring at a time when science is telling us, more emphatically than ever, that we are different. So, what your grandmother took for granted – men and women are different – science now confirms.  

But there is no room for science in, say, stores like Target or Toys R Us, where toys are no longer divided into the boy section and the girl section. Or in a North Carolina school district, where students can no longer be called “boys and girls” but only “students.” Or in college dorms, where co-ed bathrooms and even co-ed bedrooms are increasingly common.

For the tiny percentage of people who experience gender dysphoria, we should have nothing but compassion. We should do everything we can to help them and protect their dignity, but we don’t need to overturn biologically defined sex differences to do so.

But that’s what’s happening. Using the wrong pronoun at the office might get you fired. In Canada, it might land you in court. In mixed martial arts, as we have seen, it can lead to getting your head bashed in. Apparently, this is a small price to pay in a world where we must all genuflect to political correctness.

Even after being hospitalized, Tamikka Brents knew she had to toe the PC line. When asked how she explained why she lost so badly to a man who said he was a woman, she said: “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor.” Vice Magazine, writing about the incident, had no sympathy for Brents. Why should they? As they wrote, “…biological sex isn’t black and white.”

But in virtually every instance, it is. The longer we allow the obvious to go unstated and undefended, the worse it will be – for boys and girls, and for men and women. But especially for women.

The sexes are different.

Rather than trying to quash this reality, which can only lead to more needless confusion and suffering, not less, we should step back and marvel at it. And enjoy it. Male-female differences are among the most wonderful things in life.

I’m Ashley McGuire for Prager University.

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