Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Is Sex A Dirty Word?": Or: Why You Shouldn't Botch The Sex-Gender Distinction

I didn't agree with all of this, FWIW, but it's pretty good.
   Blurring the sex/gender distinction now seems to be a feature rather than a bug on the PC/SJ left. If you stick to the distinction, then there's nothing much to talk about with respect to transgenderism: e.g. Caitlyn Jenner is a feminine man. End of story. Roll credits. Move along. Nothing to see here. Trying to make him out to be a woman requires that you blur the distinction in order to try to make a change in gender out to be a change in sex.
   But botching the distinction isn't always a political tactic--lots of people just don't know what the difference is supposed to be, and use the terms interchangeably. Basically, 'gender' sounds like a slightly more highbrow term for sex, and that's the way many people use it.


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