Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex

I found this (http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/HowTheBodyWorks/SexDevelopmentAnOverview/CongenitalAdrenalHyperplasiaCAH/Pages/ThePraderScale.aspx) version of the Prader Scale easier to relate to.

I did not know how complicated and fluid gender is. Great article.

Disrupting Dinner Parties

Morpheus offers the pills in the MatrixThis is the first part of a series about the complex biological realities of sex. Though the posts build on one another, each can be understood alone.

Content note: this post contains images and language that may not be safe for work.

1. Introduction

I first learned about the social construction of sex from a lovely trans woman named Kiki.

She said, “You may have heard before that gender is socially constructed, while sex is biological. But I’m here to tell you that what you’ve heard isn’t true. Sex is socially constructed too. So are you ready for the truth? Are you going to take the red pill or the blue pill?”

Three years later, I was diagnosed by my gynecologist with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which means that my body produces hormones intermediate between “typical men” and “typical women.” What I learned from Kiki gave me context in which to understand…

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One thought on “Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex”

  1. I guess it depends on what you mean by “Social construction of sex.”

    A sociologist would say that your biological sex is just biologically there. And gender is what society makes out of that.

    And of course not everyone fits into the binary of male or female. There’s quite a continuum. But the author makes a good point that our society doesn’t recognize that, which creates the social construction of sex.

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