Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Outrage overload

The Orange Shitgibbon has been ramping up his spewing of lies, which I would have thought was impossible but evidently there is no ceiling. It's impossible to keep up with them or to decide which to smack down. But I'll take the science denial turf, and attack this utterly ignorant and vile effort to redefine sex.

As you have likely heard, the bigot in charge of the HHS Office of Civil Rights wants to define “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” as dictated by genitalia, original birth certificates, and genetic testing. He claims this is "scientific." Right, and the earth is 10,000 years old.

As Alex Barasch explains at the link, many people do not have XX or XY chromosomes corresponding to their apparent physiological sex. Other people are born with ambiguous genitals. So this is impossible. At the same time, some people discover as they are growing up they are psychologically discordant with their apparent physical sex. This is a fact about them, just like their eye color or height. They can't change it, they aren't making a choice. (Even if they were, why the hell would anybody else care?)

Like most Trump administration policies, this is just cruelty, stupidity and lies all rolled up together. We can't be rid of this schtickdreck fast enough.

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