Biology Denialism: It’s Your Civic Duty

“5 Common Misconceptions Of Sex:

  1. The body is either male or female
  2. Intersex people are not common
  3. If you have XY chromosomes you are male
  4. Testosterone is a male sex hormone
  5. Trans women are biological men”


The Stars:

  1. Belgian Model Hanne Gaby Odiele- biologically male with Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. CAIS is an inherited genetic disorder that effects only male offspring, although the trait is passed on by females. Causes male children to develop without absorbing testosterone. May appear female. Testicles are undescended and penis unformed, may have superficial appearance of vagina which is instead a short flesh pouch rather than a reproductive organ. Individuals with CAIS, raised as female, are statistically over-represented in elite female sporting competition. Hanne Gaby had removal of internal testicles at age 10 and vaginoplasty at age 18, both of which they regret.
  2. Katrina Karkazis- is an academic bioethicist who is not nearly as stupid as she appears to be here. Embarrassing!
  3. Maria Tridas- Teen Vogue Video Producer claims to be intersex with CAIS. I say “claims to be” because her narrative is inconsistent. In some accounts she discovered she was CAIS after failure to menstruate. In others, she underwent pediatric surgeries and was aware of her status throughout her development. She makes a living producing video content on intersex topics.
  4. Lucy Diavolo- News and Politics Editor for Teen Vogue. Legal name Maxwell M. Cothrel. Runs a male-only female exclusionary group called T-FEM in Chicago.
  5. Chase Strangio- ACLU attorney who fashioned herself after her idol, fellow heterosexual female transitioner Dean Spade. Made her fame as an arguably poor representative of Bradley/Chelsea Manning, whom she represented for years without ever meeting. Believes people who identify as transgender can never be legally or socially protected on the basis that they are cross-sex identified.
  6. Wazi Maret- Female who takes testosterone: “a creative consultant and inclusion strategist who mobilizes ideas and resources through a conceptual, creative, and collaborative approach. I value building empathy, strong relationships, authentic culture and storytelling in my work. More specifically, I am a musician and producer (and sometimes an actor/model) with a passion for pretty much anything to do with sight, sound and storytelling. I am the co-founder and creative director of Tender Bois Club, a music and creative production house. I am also a highly skilled and strategic fundraiser and strategist. As a member of the development team at the Transgender Law Center (TLC), the largest national trans-led organization in the U.S., I work with the development director in sustaining TLC’s work to change laws, policies, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. Before joining TLC, I served as the interim development director at the Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), where I helped secure the funding and resources needed to stabilize TGIJP’s grassroots work with transgender people in jails and prisons across California. I also spent many years as a trainer and community organizer for racial and transgender justice during my years leading up to now. Aside from fundraising and cultural production work, I have a passion for connecting and educating businesses on ways to practice inclusion and equity. As a Black trans creative from Hyattsville, MD–also from a mixed race family with Southern and working class roots—I come to my work with many unique perspectives and utilize divergent thinking to process and build ideas into meaningful projects.”
  7. LaLa Zannell- male who identifies as female and makes his living doing so..

“Much of the violence that we see against the trans community particularly trans women and femmes of color is fueled by this idea that trans women are “really men” and that when someone learns that a person has a body part that they typically associate with men, or that a person was male assigned at birth, but is a woman, but it’s important that we really expose these efforts for what they are and fight back and the way that we can fight back is to show that these concepts aren’t the fixed scientific construction that people want to suggest” – Chase Strangio

2 thoughts on “Biology Denialism: It’s Your Civic Duty

  1. Thank you for linking Katrina Karkazis’ NYR Article- that was an interesting read.

    “Nevertheless, upon hearing these stories, some want the hormone to bring about not a physical or behavioral change, but a social one. Løchlann, a friend in their forties (who goes by the pronoun “they”), has a slew of reasons for taking T, among them to “be taken seriously and paid what my male colleagues get.” They said this partly in jest, but it was also born of a deep and longstanding frustration about discrimination that I, too, feel. The gender differences that Sullivan and others take for granted as natural are social facts rooted in long histories of oppression, discrimination, and marginalization. It’s easy to see what would be attractive about the idea that a patch or pill can eradicate these problems for a given individual. When I point out to Løchlann that this locates the solution to a structural problem in an individual body and does nothing to lessen the broader effects of the gender hierarchy’s male and masculine bias, their answer was understandable: “That’s what I’m after. I’m so sick of being a second-, third-, fourth-class person. I’ve been trying to upset the gender hierarchy for fifty years. I’ve done my bit.” I get this, too.”

  2. People with green eyes and red hair are relatively rare. And intersex people have nothing to do with trans people. Trans people are generally not intersex. Despite them saying they are not the same, they are conflating the two and using the existence of rare intersex people to justify non-intersex people being the opposite sex.

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