I really hate when people use the word gender when they mean sex?
RachaelC89 · 30/06/2015 22:34
Like when people are pregnant and say "oh I'm going for a gender scan" or "I know the gender" no you bloody well don't. A fetus has no gender, only a sex. Sex is your genitals. Gender is self identity.
I wish we had technology to tell which babies are trans because then we could raise them as the correct gender. It's been proven that trans people have brains of the opposite sex assigned at birth. We should also check babies chromosomes at birth even if they have binary genitals.
honeysucklejasmine · 30/06/2015 22:43
And why are we checking chromosomes? Do they determine your gender? (Even though they determine which sex organs develop, which isn't linked to gender?)
I am rather confused. I fully support trans people, but I don't understand how your suggestions would help.
ollieplimsoles · 30/06/2015 22:48
Have a huge op. My first ever one.
I fully support transgender individuals, including my wonderful, one of a kind transgender friend.
But this is a stupid argument, you're not telling me what I can and cant say and what words mean all if a sudden. Midwives and sonographers still say 'gender' meaning 'sex of the baby'.
Ridiculous, language nazis...
DoJo · 30/06/2015 22:49
To be fair, private clinics call them 'gender scans' presumably because the term 'sex scans' sounds like a completely different sort of procedure, so it is a 'thing'. I think people use the word gender to avoid using the word 'sex' in situations where they feel it is inappropriate due to its dual meaning. I'm not sure if there is a way around this coyness as the very fact that there is another word which can mean 'sex' but doesn't conjure up the image of anyone having intercourse will mean that some people will use it in contexts where 'sex' would probably be more appropriate.
RachaelC89 · 30/06/2015 22:50
poocatcherchampion · 30/06/2015 22:50
Who is "we" in the final sentence who wants to check my baby's chromosomes? Government officials?
And is that really right: we are assigned brains at birth? I thought we grew them.
This post is bizarre.
And yes I use sex/gender interchangeably as I have not had a reason not to.
ChuffinAda · 30/06/2015 22:50
so you're advocating potentially identifying trans people in the womb?? What about environmental effect on gender identity?
You're essentially advocating eugenics too because huge numbers of people will have late terminations of otherwise healthy babies if they discover they may be trans
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