A Harvard University “diversity
leader” took to Twitter last week to blast a colleague who had the temerity to assert
that there are actual, tangible differences between males and females and that science recognizes
those differences. Laura Simone Lewis stated that she was “appalled and
frustrated by the transphobic and harmful remarks” made by her Human
Evolutionary Biology colleague Carol Hooven while on “Fox & Friends.”
Lewis added: “Let’s be clear:
if you respect diverse gender identities & aim to use correct pronouns,
then you would know that people with diverse genders/sexes can be pregnant incl
Trans [sic] men, intersex people & gender nonconforming people. That isn’t
too hard for medical students to understand.” Actually, it may well be, given
that it is a bold-faced lie. It is not the purpose of science, Ms.
Lewis, to “respect diverse gender identities” and to “use correct pronouns.” It
is the purpose of science to explain natural phenomena and seek the truth.
purports to study the social cognition of chimpanzees and bonobos. She ludicrously
identifies as a “Blewish feminist mermaid” in her Twitter profile, Blewish
meaning a person of mixed Black and Jewish descent. She went on to attack
Hooven’s belief in the binary male and female classification of sexes, opining
that “dangerous language perpetuates a system of discrimination against non-cis
people within the med[ical] system.” Moreover, she whined that Hooven’s
comments “directly oppose our Task Force work that aims to create a safe space
for scholars of ALL gender identities and sexes.” Yes, all 1,497 of them…or
whatever number we are currently up to. Does Ms. Lewis’ task
work aim to create a safe space for those that don’t wish to participate in the
preposterous charade that one can choose one’s own sex and gender? I’m guessing
not so much.
I would like to
ask Ms. Lewis how many genders/sexes of chimps, horses, elephants, and gerbil's
she thinks there are. If the answer is, say, two, because those animals don't
have the ability to imagine themselves as something other than what they
obviously are and cannot “identify” as the opposite sex, we would have just
proved biological sex is real and primary. And thank God for that, or
none of us would be here.
In days of yore, people
did not endlessly and excruciatingly wrestle with the question of how
to decide a person’ sex. But science isn't what it used to be…on that the
science is settled.
How would Newton,
Galileo, Darwin, Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and Jonas Salk “identify” if they
were alive today? How many sexes would they say exist? Would any one of them
insist we address them individually as “they?”
I am surprised
that no one has yet deemed computer code too binary, and asked what
Leibniz was thinking. Did he not realize that binary codes are
hurtful and exclusionary? Surely we can do better. We must be more
diverse than that. Just ones and zeros? Really? What about twos, threes,
nines-- and even 78s, 444s, or 6,456s for that matter? How much longer will we
continue to marginalize or exclude a nearly infinite number of…numbers? Frankly,
I am tired of the systemic numerism rampant in this country.