Historically, you’re in the minority: You’re part of Earth’s post-1700s people, otherwise known as those who’ve believed there are only two sexes.
That scientific fact has been declared by Scientific American.
The popular science magazine has released A Question of Sex, a documentary nuking the notion that sex is binary. As it turns out, the invention came by way of the West — and not ’til the 18th century’s end.
Courtesy of Scientific American, benefit from the birds and bees:
While gendered structures are ancient, a binary framework of binary sex didn’t exist in Western culture ’til the late 18th century.
Previous to then, sexism said females didn’t exist:
Before, science recognized only one sex — the male — and considered the female body an inferior version of it.
We’re living in interesting times. Historically, American ignorance has been effected by lack of knowledge. These days, it’s prompted by the presence of things not true.
Per Scientific American, pre-1700s Westerners couldn’t have owned Bibles — both Testaments observe the binary state of sex.
And evidently, humanity reached the 18th century supernaturally; without recognition of the male/female paradigm, the species’ survival would’ve naturally been out of luck.
As for the female body being an inferior version of the male one: If that were the view, once again, the species would’ve died off.
Still, maybe we’ve been bamboozled and the Bible was penned post-Declaration of Independence. Since the founders were reportedly racist, perhaps they faked it and forwarded the sham. To hear Scientific American tell it, our two-way system was born of bigotry:
The shift that historians call the “two-sex model” served mainly to reinforce gender and racial divisions by tying social status to the body.
Before the late 18th century, Western science recognized only one sex—the male—and considered the female body an inferior version of it. The shift historians call the “two-sex model” served mainly to reinforce gender and racial divisions by tying social status to the body. (6/7) pic.twitter.com/x8KZ5rEaeW
— Scientific American (@sciam) August 24, 2022
Why are America’s institutions preaching a gospel never before heard, as if it’s always been preached ’til mere moments ago? Whatever the answer, unconventional evangelism is winning the day:
On social media, Scientific American heralds the “intersex” birth anomaly. Such a rarity further defeats any notion of binary sex:
“Intersex” is an umbrella term for variations that may appear in a person’s chromosomes, genitals or internal organs. There are more than 30 medical terms for different combinations of sex traits that fall outside the typical male and female paths of development. … Sex is always complex, medical anthropologist Katrina Karkazis says. “It’s not just complex in the context of intersex … Our bodies are far more variable than our categories. Part of what’s happened is people become slotted into this binary framework.
So goes humanity’s slotting — but only for Westerners over the past few hundred years.
Those before us were more enlightened; thankfully, some among us stroll in the scientific sun:
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