Required Viewing: Democracy After Anatomy

One of the most-read posts on this blog is one titled “There Isn’t a Gender Test” that I wrote about South African runner Caster Semenya, whose biological sex was called into question during competition.

This “progressive” culture that we live in is slowly waking to the cojoined concepts that sex isn’t gender and gender isn’t sex and neither of these are destiny. Gender is complicated and non-binary and biological sex is also complicated and non-binary.

This TED talk by Alice Dreger, a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago, should be required viewing for everyone who thinks they have an opinion about sex or gender. It’s 19 minutes long. Watch the whole darn thing. In a short amount of time, Dr. Dreger manages to tie genetics, history, civil rights, and feminism together brilliantly.  (She’s now on the short list of people with whom I would most like to have dinner!)

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