There Is A Solution wrote:
Transgenderism is real, and it's backed by significant observational studies. Transgender brains are physically different.
However, there has to be a standard for athletic competition that eliminates the natural advantage a person who has had a male body for an entire lifetime has. Maybe it requires surgery or hormone treatment for a specified time. I'm sure there is a medical solution to this.
The solution is to let biological boys race with biological boys. It's not that hard to figure out.
What is a "biological" male? Transgender claims are biological claims. Your brain is as much a biological feature as your genitals.
FWIW, I think these two runners should have been running in the boys race.
Gender is by original definition a social classification of male and female. That's where we don't see eye to eye. I don't think men and women should necessarily have different stereotypes which is what gender is.
I also really don't like these brain scan studies. The brains of males and females at birth are different because of certain genes on the y-chromosome and then further changes occur with hormones. This means that the brains are different because of biology.
So if a person is a male then they will have a male brain. It is quite possible to change your physical brain structure with learning. I think it is far more likely that people have convinced themselves of being a female.
Keep in mind the variation among all brains is so high that the variation between males brain is more than the variation between the avg female and avg male. So you cannot even take brain scans at birth to determine if a child's gender.
This means that it is highly unlikely for there to be clear proof at any point in the future that transgenderism is biological.
And your point "Having a biologically female brain is certainly a noteworthy part of a person's sex identification." makes me squirm. This is the whole point of many social movements. Should I think about a female lawyer differently than a male? Sounds sexist to me... People should not think about a women differently from a man, other than if one is a possible procreation partner. The only thing that matters in the differences in females and males is the reproductive organs.
P.S. - You used my 'feel like a female' line in a serious way. I was being highly sarcastic because WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? I honestly don't understand it. I feel like a human, and if I look down and see my penis, I'm reminded "oh that's right, I'm a male!" Females can do whatever they want and so can males. Gender classification solves no issues.
1. You are confusing "genetic" with "biological." Biology is a product of both nature and nurture. Simply because something is not genetic or present at birth doesn't mean it's not biological. Brain scans show transgenderism is biological. They don't show it's genetic, but they show a clear biological trait.
2. There is no evidence that "convincing" one's self that they area certain gender physically changes their brain to match that gender.
3. Gender is much more robust than stereotypes girls like barbies and boys like baseball. Seriously, imagine you woke up in a female body. Would you be okay with it? No, of course not. You want to interact with the world as a male (assuming you are a male), not a female. Should these differences exist in society? Maybe not. But they do.
By the time these young men decided to run as girls, no amount of hormone treatment would change the biological advantages already extant in those young men. Bone mass, bone size, muscle mass. All giving those boys an unfair advantage.
Do you have a medical source for that?
1. Correct, I was confusing genetics with biology. My updated stance shall be that sex is determined by our genes (excluding rare cases of intersex, I know).
2. I totally agree, but there is lot of evidence which shows that all other activities in our daily lives change our brains. My claim is not too far-fetched. There is also no evidence that these transgender males had female brains at birth.
3. This is actually a bad point. From your perspective it makes sense, but that is a subtle way of putting words in my mouth. By using that analogy you are assuming I also think gender is innate through our genes. If I woke up in a female body tomorrow, you are totally right, I would feel totally lost. However, I don;t think that people are born this way. I think it is a disorder and I also believe in the ability of people to convince themselves of anything. I think it is a natural part of human behavior.
While I disagree with your opinion I do respect your ability to defend yourself. It seems like that's not something a lot of people care to do.