Monday, September 25, 2017

Did You See 60 Minutes Last Night?

I only saw part of it because every time I checked the game was still on so I only saw a part of it, Oprah’s focus group where one woman said she believes that being trans is not a choice and a man saying it was a choice.

I believe that many, many people here in the U.S. are science illiterate and just don’t want to learn… learning gives them a headache. I do a lot of training at colleges and I see so many students just texting all through class.

I read comments on news websites and you read people who say XY = male XX = female or they say what is between your legs defines your gender and if someone post a link to a scientific article showing they are wrong they call it “Fake News.”

Well here is a website that I came across on the UN website has an interesting webpage on Disorders of Sexual Development…
Genetic Components of Sex and Gender

Humans are born with 46 chromosomes in 23 pairs. The X and Y chromosomes determine a person’s sex. Most women are 46XX and most men are 46XY. Research suggests, however, that in a few births per thousand some individuals will be born with a single sex chromosome (45X or 45Y) (sex monosomies) and some with three or more sex chromosomes (47XXX, 47XYY or 47XXY, etc.) (sex polysomies). In addition, some males are born 46XX due to the translocation of a tiny section of the sex determining region of the Y chromosome. Similarly some females are also born 46XY due to mutations in the Y chromosome. Clearly, there are not only females who are XX and males who are XY, but rather, there is a range of chromosome complements, hormone balances, and phenotypic variations that determine sex.
Genetically Determined Disorders of Sexual Differentiation
Typical sexual development is the result of numerous genes, and mutation in any of these genes can result in partial or complete failure of sex differentiation. These include mutations or structural anomalies of the SRY region on the Y chromosome resulting in XY gonadal dysgenesis, XX males, or XY females; defects of androgen biosynthesis or androgen receptors, and others.
ELSI of Genetic Components of Sex and Gender

The issues of gender assignment, gender verification testing, and legal definitions of gender are especially pertinent to a discussion on the ELSI of gender and genetics. These practices, however, are misnomers as they actually refer to biological sex and not gender. Such a discrepancy is highlighted by the existence of intersex individuals whose psychosexual development and gender sometimes do not match the biological sex assigned to them as infants. In this report the term ‘sex’ will be used where the practice refers to biological sex and not the more social construct of ‘gender’.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is an inherited autosomal recessive condition that can affect both boys and girls. It is the most common cause of intersexuality in females with 46XX, where untreated girls develop an outwardly male appearance. This disorder, also called adrenogenital syndrome (AGS), results from a genetically caused deficiency of cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. The disorder occurs with a frequency of 1:5000 and results in incomplete female sex differentiation and increased androgenic effects due to a compensatory increase in adrenocortical hormone (ACTH). (33)

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) is an X-linked recessive disorder in which affected individuals have external female genitalia and breast development despite being genetically male (46XY). Tissues of affected individuals are unresponsive to male hormones (androgens) yet respond to estrogens.

Wisniewski et al. assessed the physical and psychosexual status of 14 women with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) by questionnaire as well as medical examination in order to determine the participants' knowledge of their disorder as well as their opinion of medical and surgical treatment. (34) Most of the women questioned expressed satisfaction with their psychosexual development and sexual function. All of the women who participated in the study were satisfied at having been raised as females, and none of the participants desired gender reassignment. (35)
When you see people who defines gender and sex in 1950’s terms they don’t want to read anything like this, they don’t learn new things. The guy on 60 Minutes who said it is a choice you will never convince him otherwise no matter how much you show him wrong.

For me when I see something that I question or want more information I research it. I find learning new thing fascinating, I learn something new every day not a goal but because I like learning and I am even a member of a women’s group that discusses scientific topics each month.

What do we do about people who don’t want to challenge themselves?


  1. honestly just give up. There are so many willfully ignorant people out there you would just be scratching the surface. The ones to go after are the ones who are open minded and willing to learn and change their minds. But the hard core Trump dummy just wont be dissuaded..

  2. That is the first rule of community organizing, go for the movable center. Thank your supporters and let those who are against you know that you don't support their view.. then move on.

  3. "Disorders of Sexual Development"? The UN needs to correct that web page. DSD is untrue and an insult, a recent medical pathologization to justify Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM). Intersex is what they should be using instead.