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Conflation of words "sex" and "gender" has arisen from Christian prudishness in a language that doesn't have gendered words (English). "Sex" is a homograph - word w 2 meanings. Sex=intercourse. Also sex=man, woman, boy, girl, male,female. Gender=masculine, feminine, neutral.
In our almost physical discomfort of uttering word "sex" we have substituted it with word "gender". "Gender is also a homograph. Gender=social stereotypes of appearance and behaviour imposed on people depending on their sex. Gender=a linguistic term for nouns in many languages.
I have seen "sex" and "gender" used, to refer to human sex, not only as synonynms, but "gender" being used as the preferred (polite, more professional, less smutty) form, all over the English literature, scientific or otherwise.
It was only a matter of time bf the pendulum swung the other way. "Sex" has a certain finality about it - it's factually observable, confirmed in nature, essential for human function and reproduction. "Gender" is a bunch of enforced, socially constructed stereotypes - arbitrary.
Gender - masculinity and femininty - is applied to humans - men, women, boys, girls. By its nature, gender is discriminatory to female sex, and as all stereotypes, nobody fits squarely into its categories. Unlike with sex, which accurately describes 99.9% of population.
How does discrimination justify itself? By claiming that it's natural. We have seen racial stereotpes defended as natural, and anything from bias in research to misinterpretation of evidence, ideology and censorship of opposing views was used to legitimise it.
By hijacking words that mean "sex" (woman, man) and using them as synonyms for words that mean "gender" (masculine, feminine) gender has exploited the factual validity associated with sex in order to justify and legitimise itself.
Something like this would not work in languages that have gendered words - such as French - but in English, erroneous conflation of sex and gender has gone unnoticed, becoming a social convention, reflecting our collective discomfort with talking about sexual intercourse.
Gender legitimises itself by claiming gender stereotypes are "inborn" + like any religion or ideology, it seeks 2 dominate by claiming it's more natural and important than the thing it seeks to replace. This tactic has been so successful that "gender" is replacing "sex" in law.
This is the mental and verbal gymnastics used to justify identity claims such as "transwomen are women". If a man is "too feminine" to justify belonging to "masculine group", and he was "born this way" then he must be a woman.
Women are discriminated based on their sex, using gender stereotypes. Redefining sex-based protections as gender-based protections legitimises discrimination of women and worse. Perpetrator - gender - assumes it's victim's name and is now the only, real victim.
As for word "transwoman", there are many precedents in English language. Sealion is not a lion. Cantelope is not antelope. When new laws/definitions are being proposed, best way to avoid pitfalls is 2 examine them critically and ask: What impact will this have in the real world?
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