Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Progressivist Myths About Sex and Gender


Every ideology has its myths. So it is with progressive ideologues. Especially when it comes to sex and gender.

I've been reading neuroscientist Debra Soh's The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Gender In Our Society

Before I tell you what the myths are, allow me to anticipate those who will argue against my post by employing the genetic fallacy. Soh is non-religious. Her book has been applauded by atheists. He are three of them.

“By far the best I’ve read on this topic.”
—Michael Shermer, PhD, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and New York Times bestselling author of Giving the Devil His Due

“Very, very good. Quite feminist, very liberal, highly compassionate, thoroughly evidence-based, utterly reasonable.”
—Helen Pluckrose, editor in chief of Areo Magazine and author of Cynical Theories

"Sex and gender are always gripping topics, and The End of Gender does not disappoint. Debra Soh has given us a lucid explanation of the latest science and politics of men and women. And she fearlessly pushes back against the notion that the only way to advance equality is to scramble biology, language, and common sense, and to intimidate anyone who doesn’t go along."
—Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Blank Slate and Enlightenment Now

Soh knows that mythicist progressives will try to intimidate her and shut her down. So, take note that Soh is an actual scientist, and not a postmodernist. She writes,  "research challenging progressive narratives has become increasingly precarious territory."

Soh dedicates her book "For everyone who blocked me on Twitter."

The myths are...

Myth #1 - Biological Sex Is a Spectrum

Myth #2 - Gender Is a Social Construction

Myth #3 - There Are More Than Two Genders

Myth $4 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Unrelated

Myth #5 - Children with Gender Dysphoria Should Transition

Myth #6 - No Differences Exist Between Trans Women and Women Who Were Born Women

Myth #7 - Women Should Behave Like Men in Sex and Dating

Myth #8 - Gender-Neutral Parenting Works

Myth #9 - Ideology and Social Justice Make Good Bedfellows

(See Preston Sprinkle's review HERE.)