@MediClit The key with socialisation is that one is not making a truly free choice. It can feel like a free choice, it can framed as one, but socialisation constrains the options, even if one does not realise it.
@MediClit Lots of women are afraid to speak intimately about their anatomy. That’s the result of years of being, say, teased at school, told that vulvas/vaginas smell, that being hairy is ‘gross’. It all impacts on how we process stuff and how we respond to stuff.
@MediClit You’ve revealed your medical history. You were socialised regarding how labia ‘should look’. Many women, including me for many aspects, are socialised about how hairy their legs ‘should be’, or that they look old/tired without makeup.

It’s not a weakness to recognise that.
@MediClit You seem to think it doesn’t exist, or that women who don’t throw it off are failing. That’s why you are being told you lack empathy.

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30 Mar
‘there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.’

Peak idiocy. Right there, the most stupid thing I’ve ever read. cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/…
I. Just. Can’t.

The conformation of external genitalia has extremely reliably permitted sex identification from birth, and increasingly, in utero.

A kid could do it. And get it right almost all the time.
The demand that the world bows to ‘assigned’ is because some people don’t think physical anatomy reflects whatever bonkers idea of ‘sex’ they wish to promote.
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23 Mar
The Phelps Gambit - life’s unfair.

The Phelps Gambit runs like this:

Michael Phelps had ‘unfair’ advantages in swimming, but nobody prevented him from competing, so why should we prevent others with ‘unfair’ advantages (males) competing against anyone (females)?
Here is a thread outlining Phelps’ ‘unfair’ competitive edge over his closest competitors. It runs at less than 0.5%. His advantage over matched females is around 10-12%.

Phelps’ advantages are the stuff of legend, growing from fairly straightforward observations like, ‘He’s quite tall, with even longer arms’ to, ‘He’s got superhuman metabolism and his bones are made of Adamantium’.

(I exaggerate).
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19 Mar
Here is a basketball analogy.

Shaun the Shortie/5’5.
He’s not tall enough to reasonably be a competitive basketballer.

Mitch the Middler/6’5. He is tall enough to be a competitive basketballer.

Tall Tony/7’5.
He was nailed on for basketball since he was born.
No amount of skill can make Shaun competitive. There’s only so far it can take you.

Tony? He doesn’t need to rely on skill, because you get it to him and he’s got a free shot every time.
Mitch is where it’s happening. There are quite a few 6’5 basketballers. It’s ‘tall enough’.

In fact, average NBA basketballer height has plateaued at about 6’7 (forgive my analogy a couple of inches).
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19 Mar
Appalling arguments from Vilain here.


"We know that men have, on average, an advantage in performance in athletics of about 10% to 12% over women"

This cited advantage is the low end (running). The difference gets much larger in other disciplines. In weightlifting, the gap is 30-40%.
"which the sports authorities have attributed to differences in levels of a male hormone called testosterone"

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12 Mar
Last night, I left work in darkness (because some of our jobs go that way, and I can’t afford security).

On the path, a man was walking towards me. I gave him a wide berth, and glanced over my shoulder as I passed him.

He’d stopped.

And then he turned to walk behind me.
He had probably remembered he needed to buy something at the shop, or he’d forgotten something at his own building.

But my own response was:

Head up. Where are the lights? Where are the doors? Which buildings are still open? How many cars are passing in the road?
I crossed the road, and slowed right down so he was ahead of me.

Nothing happened. The most likely outcome.
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12 Mar
@LaurenOxleyx If you are going to present ‘basic research’, at least do it.

1.7% of the world is not intersex. The vast majority of this figure are unambiguous females - adults, mothers, etc - with high testosterone. Do you think such females are intersex?
@LaurenOxleyx Your use of redheads as a reference value is thus inaccurate. And ironically, some of the biggest clusters of DSDs happen in populations where red hair would be unheard of.....
@LaurenOxleyx People with DSDs are not different sexes, they are males or females who, owing to genetic mutations or environmental insult, don’t follow typical development. They don’t represent a third sex.
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