‘...and in many organisms, these two strategies are distributed among individuals in a population in a variety of ways.’
‘What we tend to think of as the sexes arose from this isogamous state during the evolution of anisogamy (from Greek aniso‐ “unequal”), where the emerging male and female sexual strategies involve, by definition, the production of many small or few large gametes, respectively.’
"He remembered going into the Women’s Place from when he was very small. Around about the time he was seven or eight he started to be unwelcome there. Women shoo’d him away, or stopped what they were doing.
"The Women’s Place became like the moon; he knew where it was but didn’t even think about going there.
"The Women's Place, a round bowl of a valley full of sunlight. The gardens of the women grew the things that made living enjoyable, possible and longer: spices, fruits and chewing roots. They dug up or traded plants.
‘Human sex is an observable, immutable, and important biological classification; it is a fundamental characteristic of our species, foundational to many biology disciplines, and a major differentiator in medical/health outcomes.’
‘Public discourse around sex increasingly seeks to deny basic facts of human biology.’
What is absolutely remarkable about the brief is that it is an equally good argument for protecting sports for females. One could almost regurgitate it, replacing just a few words, and submit it in *defence* of HB500.
@MondayStory The words ‘male’ and ‘female’ have scientific definitions, and describe reproductive biology related to ones role in propagating the species (for almost all complex species on earth).
@MondayStory My husband and I, for example, have qualitatively-different roles and, correspondingly, qualitatively-different reproductive anatomy.
The word to describe my body type is ‘female’. The word to describe his is ‘male’.
@MondayStory Now, if you are going to say that both of us can be described, in some context, as ‘female’, then the word ‘female’ no longer describes my reproductive anatomy or any specific medical needs I have, and it decouples humans from standard nomenclature across evolutionary space/time.
"In the 1920s, in concert with many other American states, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed the Butler Act, making it illegal for state public schools to: “teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible.”
In other words, this law banned schools from teaching the theory of evolution.
"The evidence is unequivocal that starting in puberty, in every sport except sailing, shooting and riding, there will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition."
(I'm not sure I agree with those exceptions; watch sailing and tell me strength doesn't matter.... but anyway)
‘First they justified trans women competing with women because they had “always” felt they were female. Then they say the “always” female trans athlete might “be” male for certain sports or at different times.’
‘Growing up male likely confers physical, hormonal, social and economic factors that contribute to this performance gap, but we cannot say that it is specifically due to testosterone in a way
that is significant and predictable.’