Just seen this amazing post on Twitter. The 140 character limit means it’s a screengrab so I thought I’d transcribe it as this is definitely one I want the kids to read:-)
From the original author, a science teacher:
I just saw a transphobic post that was like, “In a sexual species, females have two X chromosomes and males have an X and a Y, I’m not a bigot, it’s just science.”
I’m a science teacher, so I commented on this:
And here’s what she said (and it rocks!) :-)
First of all, in a sexual species, you can have females be XX and males be X (see insects), you can have females be ZW and males be ZZ (as in birds), you can have females be females because they developed in a warm environment and males be males because they developed in a cool environment (reptiles), you can have females be females because they lost a penis sword fighting contest (like some flatworms), you can have males be males because they ‘were born female, but changed sexes because the only male in their group died (RIP Mr Parrotfish and Mr Clownfish). You can have males look and act like females because they are trying to get close enough to actual females to mate with them (cuttlefish, bluegills and others), or you can be one of thousands of sexes (see populations of slime mould and some mushrooms.) Oh, did you mean humans?
Oh, ok then…
You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but you are insensitive to androgens, and so you have a female body. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but your Y is missing the SRY gene, and so you have a female body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but one of your X’s HAS an SRY gene, and so you have a male body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes–but also a Y. You can be female because you have only one X chromosome at all. And you can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but your heart and brain are male. And vice–effing–versa.
Don’t use science to justify your bigotry. The world is way too weird for that shit.