Wednesday, June 12

The State of Society

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, ...
The State of Reddit
The State Of Social Media, The State of Society

The State of Reddit

We’re here today to talk about Reddit, specifically their decision to ban the Gendercritical subreddit from their website. https://youtu.be/O2uFXcW31BQ This subreddit was a forum made up of 65,000 subscribers, the vast majority of whom were women wanting to discuss feminist issues that affected them as women. Reddit has made this decision as part of a content policy change, which they followed with a strangely titled ‘Remember The Human’ announcement. This announcement states that they wanted to ‘close the gap between their values and their policies to explicitly address hate’, and came up with two new Rules for the site. Rule 1 states that anyone who promotes hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned Rule 2 states that community rules should be abided...