Last year I did a post on XX and XY chromosomes, and I spoke about the harm that using the biological argument could do. Today I want to go into a bit more depth and link a few other articles that explain it a lot better than I.
When faced with the arguments around gender, a lot of people fall back on the biological ones. The arguments around chromosomes, around genitals, or around hormones, all have major failings.
I covered these in my old post, but basically by using this argument you are not looking at it logically. Chromosomes are in our body make up, but most people don’t ever learn what their chromosomes are. It doesn’t factor in the slightest bit of diversity that comes with them. Chromosomes are not a valid argument.
Some people try to use this argument to say that trans people are the same as they were first assigned at birth. Well, this one is more than a little ridiculous. For one thing, hormones vary widely. I know personally I never had the ‘regular’ hormones of a woman, but they also weren’t the hormones of a man. I still had a portion of ‘female’ puberty. For another point, hormones can change. Are you trying to tell us that women going through the menopause are no longer women? No? Exactly. Arguments like this one feed into the idea of someone being ‘Trans enough’ too, with the idea that you must start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to be the gender that you truly are.
Ohhhh boy. This argument. Because apparently, there is no variation at all in genitals.
Yes. Heavy sarcasm intended.
Genitals are the bits that they look at when they first assign you a gender at birth, and even then, it can be ambiguous. Many people have had surgery – occasionally without knowing it – at birth to get more ‘atypical’ genitals. How do they decide which they are going to do? They don’t test chromosomes for it. They don’t go through your hormones. They just decide which you are closest to and adjust accordingly.
These are just some examples, I know there are more. I know I haven’t covered everything. But can you see how ludicrous the idea of biology is as an argument for trans people not being valid. Check out this post here to learn a little more.
We exist. We are valid. Stop trying to erase that.