Hi friends! Today I’m debunking my least favorite bullshit argument against trans* people; “there’s only male and female, humans don’t exist on a spectrum.” This is where I’d happy to chime in that statement is inherently false. I’d like to introduce the existence of intersex people aka people that are born with a combination of hormones, primary, and secondary sex characteristics, or other chromosomal variations. Being intersex is also not an entirely rare phenomenon, as stated in the link above, approximately 1 in 100 people are born intersex. That’s millions of people, that do not fit into the idea of a biological binary.
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I’d like to emphasize that this is completely naturally occurring and the only harmful consequences an intersex person experiences are the societal burdens of being pushed into either a male or female category. Especially with the occurrence of forced sex assignment of infants. In cases of intersex children with variations of genitalia, many underwent unnecessary gender assignment surgery where a desired gender was decided by doctors and parents (usually based on what genitalia was more present), it was never proven to be beneficial for the child and many struggled later on as they rejected the gender they were prescribed. This practice has been reduced in recent years as more understanding and research took place but there is no record of it being entirely eradicated as a practice.
Leading back into my argument, humans exist in fluid variations, sometimes that translates biologically, and sometimes that translates emotionally or sexually. The only true harm is forcing subscriptions of binary thought onto others because of lack of understanding. I’d like to encourage others to educate themselves and listen when Trans* and other sexual or gender minorities say their piece. It will never take something away from you personally to expand your understanding and tolerance of others.
If you are searching for more information and don’t know where to look, I would recommend contacting JMU’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Education Program. They are located in the Student Success Center first floor, room 1310 (the glass paneled room across from Dunkin’ Donuts) or you can email for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org. It may open a whole new world of understanding but you won’t know until you explore for yourself.
Well friends, I hope you learned something today and until next time, stay furious!
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