2015/04/13/I guess I'm an MRA now

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  • when: 2015/04/13
  • author: PZ Myers
  • source: Pharyngula
  • topics: TERF
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  • link: https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/04/13/i-guess-im-an-mra-now/
  • title: I guess I'm an MRA now
  • summary: First let me point out that the little tweet I chirped out was because the TERFs were flocking to me — I hadn’t barged into one of their conversations, or invited them to explain to me what makes for a real woman, but there they were, in my space. So she doesn’t get to complain about me violating boundaries.

Secondly, I do have a scientific background, and I don’t even know what it means to define "biological male" so absolutely. As I pointed out earlier, Nature published a good article on the scientific consensus on the biology of sex, and comes down soundly on the side of defining it as a spectrum. You want to pretend it’s black and white? Fine. You don’t get to claim scientific standing for your beliefs.

Thirdly, my comeback was brief because I see little point in arguing at length with bigots. She said having two X chromosomes made you female, an X and a Y makes you male, and that’s absolutely it. All I had to to was mention androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) to refute that.