There is Great Confusion on Earth

The other day, on the Radio, I heard a Jackson, Mississippi law enforcement officer describe a decomposed dead body as having: “… no identity regarding sex, race, or gender.” The fact that the skeleton was shirtless and wearing “basketball shorts” was not a clue.

I have had it with this stupid shit. Be & do whatever the hell pleases you but do not ask me to confuse sex & gender

Sex and gender are not synonyms.

“Sex” is a term of biology; “Gender” is a term of language.

The word sex is both a verb– to have sex, i.e., to engage in activities associated with sexual reproduction– and a noun. As a noun, sex refers to a biological state of affairs that begins with chromosome #23– the ! sex chromosome: Two choices XX; XY. (Yes, yes. There are variations on this theme but THE VAST MAJORITY OF SEXUALLY REPRODUCING ORGANISMS IN THE PAST AND PRESENT WORLD ARE xx or xy.)

XX and XY are different– one pair of chromosomes has two X’s (females), the other an X & a Y (male).

What makes X & Y different is the sequence of deoxyribonucleic acid base-pairs. DNA. the proteins that Y DNA codes for are different from those that X codes for.

That’s why while both XXs and XYs have nipples, only XXs make mothers’ milk.

In a display of elegant beauty that gave rise to the the boy-girl dance, hot sex (v.) in the back seat of a Mustang, a whole lot of Western Art, Country Music, Cleopatra, the coy librarian, and the early Elvis (not to mention Ringo, Princess Grace, John Wayne and both Hepburns, et al.) Mother Nature/God/Whoever made it such that the differences between XX and XY were mutually– I’m sure– attractive. That’s how sexual reproduction works.

Now. There have always been XYs who are sexually attracted to other XYs; And XXs to XXs. That’s fine. Live & let live. You say tomato, I say tomato. We all know we are talking about tomatoes.

But we were still talking about sex. We were still talking about facts of the chromosome #23 matter.

Which brings me to gender.

Gender is a term of language.

There are three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter: his, her, it.

The English language does not lend itself to examples, but the fact is that many Greek- and Latin-derived languages have different suffixes depending on the “gender” of the noun. For example, a male graduate of a school is an alumnus. A female, an alumna. Plural, alumni.

That’s it, folks. That’s as far as gender can get you. You may wonder aloud why table is feminine in Spanish. I have. I have no answer.

Back in the crappy olden days when kids went to college and were expected to learn a bit about the world, the biologists were fond of saying that the English Department had gender, whereas the Biology Department had sex.

 

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