1./ I wonder if @thealiceroberts will tell @HistoryHit how many sexes there are? She blocked me after I politely quizzed her claim there’s some spectrum of sex and so it’s really hard to tell who’s male or female. 🧐 In her defence she cited @Fausto_Sterling’s famous work. Yes...
2./ ..that’ll be the same work Fausto-Sterling now says was misinterpreted. Her description of 5 sexes she claims was intended to be ironic, a sophisticated joke not a scientific argument. What’s worse Roberts quoted her claim that 4% of people might be “intersex”. When....
3./ ...that figure was a plain error in Fausto-Sterling’s early work. She had said she derived it from the work of Professor John Money; but he wrote to the New York Times to complain and disavow such an absurdly high figure (as I’ve pointed out)👇
4./ Alice Roberts is a great science communicator. But on the subject at the heart of so much science and history too - biological sex- she has sided with an anti-science cult that plays fast and loose with the facts. Funny place to be for a humanist. Never mind a scientist.

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