Christians who question the theory of evolution are often accused of being so captive to their theology that they are incapable of reconciling themselves to the “assured results” of science. Thing is, of course, that evolution is not reproducible in the laboratory, which means that it involves a lot of inference from circumstantial evidence. That doesn’t mean it is necessarily incorrect; it simply means that there actually is some room to question those inferences and the accuracy of the understanding of the evidence.
Reproductive biology is another matter. We really do know how human reproduction works, and lots of us have seen women in the process of birthin’ babies. Most of us know that it is only women who have babies, but some of us are so captive to gender ideology that we refuse to accept this fundamental, indisputable principle of biology. To wit, this column by gender expert Lori Adelman (BA in Social Studies from Harvard) at the blog Feministing (an anagram, apparently, for “mental illness“):
As many of you know, this weekend I attended the CLPP conference up at Hampshire College, where I attended, among other amazing panels, a panel on Transfeminism featuring our very own Jos Truitt.
Jos had a simple yet profound point, that I feel is worth mentioning again and again because it a great example of something tangible, practical, and incredibly straightforward that we can all start doing right now to strengthen our trans activism and our reproductive justice work:
Stop saying and stop thinking that abortion is a women’s issue.
That’s it. Pretty simple right? But incredibly important.
Cause, the thing is, it’s not just women that have abortions.
That’s true. Hamsters, water buffalo, garden snakes, and even tufted titmice have abortions if something goes wrong with their pregnancies. Planned Parenthood even gets extra money from the federal government to pay for extra-species abortions, because animals, after all, are people too. But apparently there are others whom we’ve overlooked in extending the wonders of abortion to:
Trans men have abortions.
She’s referring to women who have sex-change surgery but leave the plumbing in place. But they aren’t actually men, except in their heads and some superficial physical characteristics.
Gender queer people have abortions.
They might, if they are female, but since I have no clue what this expression means, I can’t really say.
Two spirit people have abortions.
This is apparently an American Indian thing that has to do with gender roles rather than biology. So again, if they are female, they do (or can).
People who do not fit into the box of ‘woman’ have abortions.
This is the reality we live in, and the more we pretend otherwise, the more dangerous it is for other people, and the more they are excluded by the movement.
That would be the movement to ensure that absolutely anyone–straight women, lesbians, bisexual women, crossdressers, BDSM fetishists, drag queens, people with multiple personality disorder who are only pregnant in one personality, those who are afraid their child might be gay, and even those who hate females–can have an abortion at any time, for any reason, on the taxpayers’ dime.
Gender is this thing that we construct out of a million different characteristics. The way we hold our hands. The length of our hair. The shape of our face. What we wear. Our voices. But then, for some reason, when we got to the question of what is it really, we go to what lives between your legs. Even though that’s not how we make gender and that’s not how gender works. It’s in that assumption that gender lives in our crotches, that we end up erasing the reality that men can have abortions, men can get pregnant and give birth.
Keep in mind that this is a person who will go to her grave declaring that anyone who says that homosexual attraction is not genetically determined and completely unchangeable is a fundamentalist Christian neo-Nazi knuckle-dragging Neanderthal bigot.
(Via MCJ. )