Wednesday, November 29

The State of Culture

Margaret Atwood misunderstands science, claiming slug sex, gay penguins and transgender fish prove humans can change biological sex
The State of Culture, The State of Society

Margaret Atwood misunderstands science, claiming slug sex, gay penguins and transgender fish prove humans can change biological sex

Canadian author Margaret Atwood schooled nobody on sex and gender, using terrible interpretation of science in failed attempt to prove sex is a spectrum. Claiming that slug sex, gay penguins and a 'transgender' fish prove that humans can change biological sex, the Handmaid's Tale author's bizarre Twitter posts show a worrying lack of critical thinking and scientific knowledge. Almost immediately, people told Atwood that such a basic misunderstanding of science, and conflation of sex and gender, was incorrect, misleading and irrelevant to any debate or discussion around intersex conditions or gender transition. She answered these corrections with an odd series of posts claiming that "Um, there are gay penguins. There are hermaphrodites", using a term considered to be misleading, ...