Thursday, August 30, 2018

There are no male or female brains

Scans prove there's no such thing as a 'male' or 'female' brain | New Scientist:
...there is no such thing as a female or male brain, according to the first search for sex differences across the entire human brain. It reveals that most people have a mix of male and female brain features. And it also supports the idea that gender is non-binary, and that gender classifications in many situations are meaningless.
Though the article is very good, it does have the common confusion about sex and gender:
Joel envisions a future in which individuals are not so routinely classified based on gender alone. “We separate girls and boys, men and women all the time,” she says. “It’s wrong, not just politically, but scientifically – everyone is different.”

But other scientists contacted by New Scientist don’t think that will ever be possible – as a sexually reproductive species, identifying a person’s biological sex will always be of paramount importance to us, they say.
Sex is not gender. Sex is what your genes say you are; gender is what society says you are. I believe we will have a future in which gender no longer matters and sex is seen as only sex, so instead of people imagining fundamental differences between men and women, there will be the soft differences we have between people who are tall or short, or right-handed or left-handed. Gender, like race, is a social construct that was of limited use and can be discarded now.

Though we only have proof now that there are no fundamental differences between men and women, we have known this for thousands of years. From the Christian Bible:

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female." —Galatians 3:28

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