No one seems to know what a woman is
JThe World Health Organization recently announced that it would update its gender mainstreaming manual “in light of new scientific evidence and conceptual advances”. The guidance addresses how gender inequality affects health outcomes. Going forward, it will emphasize “intersectionality”, “equity” and the idea that gender is “a continuum” and that biological sex is “not limited to men or women. “.
The desire to remove discriminatory barriers to health care is admirable, but importing a far-left cadre is not the right way to do it. How can anyone advocate for the well-being of women and girls without understanding precisely who among us are women?
As for the claim that gender and sex are not binary, gender fluidity is a political, not a scientific designation. Moreover, the existence of intersex people does not represent a third sex but a variation within binary sex categories. The absurdity of this ideology is illustrated by the recent exchange between Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Khiara Bridges, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, during a Senate hearing on the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision on abortion. .
Bridges called women “people who can conceive”. When Hawley asked for clarification, asking, “Would that be women?” Bridges accused her line of questioning of being transphobic because transgender men and “non-binary” people can be pregnant. The debate recalled that Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson told Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing that she could not define the word “woman” because she is not “not a biologist”.
We can go around in circles with puns. As new incarnations such as “womb carriers” and “birthing bodies” are created every day, what happens when these ideas permeate into medical decision-making? Redefining language can control what people are willing to say or believe, but it cannot change biology or material reality. A pregnant woman has different health issues than a pregnant man or transgender man. In some cases, it can be a matter of life or death.
If you encounter these awakening initiatives when seeking healing, here’s what you can do to ward them off. If someone asks you for your pronouns, don’t feel obligated to answer. Tell them that the question makes you uncomfortable, or better yet, find a practitioner who does not participate in these exchanges. For anyone who uses soothing language like “birth giver,” remind them that the word they’re looking for is “woman.”
Dr Debra Soh
is a sex neuroscientist, the host of Dr. Debra Soh’s Podcast, and the author of The End of Gender: Debunking Myths About Gender and Identity in Our Society.