Safety First: Anthropology Conference Cancels Panelists Due to Their 'Harmful' Embrace of Biological Sex

In 1991, hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa had a hit with the song "Let's Talk About Sex." These days, the tune might not make it; increasingly fewer folx seem interested in the word.


What's prominently on people's lips: "gender," a term denoting grammatical sexual distinction. Just recently, visionaries have decided it means something else -- an idea that has never had a word for it, because the idea has never before existed.

Out with the old, in with the new: Suddenly, everyone has a separate-from-sex "gender." And that extra layer of identity is marvelously moral. Hence, a scientific session has now been 86'd.

On November 19th, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) will begin their joint "Transitions" conference. Confirmed in July for the extravaganza: a discussion called "Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Why Biological Sex Remains a Necessary Analytic Category in Anthropology." But Necessary, schmecessary -- the conversation has been KO'd. 

AAA and CASCA estimate the event would cause certain attendees "harm" -- another newly-defined term which now means "the impact of a view one does not hold."

The American Anthropological Association -- whose tag line is "Advancing Knowledge, Solving Human Problems" -- has solved the problem of pain via a missive to those expecting to take part:

Dear panelists,

We write to inform you that, at the request of numerous members, the respective executive boards of AAA and CASCA reviewed [your panel submission] and reached a decision to remove the session from the AAA/CASCA 2023 conference program(me). 

To hear words with which one disagrees eliminates "safety." Also, integrity is key:

This decision was based on extensive consultation and was reached in the spirit of respect for our values, the safety and dignity of our members, and the scientific integrity of the program(me). 

Harm prevention is paramount:

The reason the session deserved further scrutiny was that the ideas were advanced in such a way as to cause harm to members represented by the Trans and LGBTQI of the anthropological community as well as the community at large.

All will be heard, then some will be ignored:

While there were those who disagree with this decision, we would hope they know their voice was heard and was very much a part of the conversation.

Scarred but smarter:

Going forward, we will undertake a major review of the processes associated with vetting sessions at our annual meetings and will include our leadership in that discussion.

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San Jose State University Professor Elizabeth Weiss -- who was scheduled to be on the harmful and safety-sacking panel -- wrote about the ordeal on her Wordpress site. "Discussing sex is no longer allowed at anthropology conferences," she noted. 

The scheduled session's official description had included the following:

While it has become increasingly common in anthropology and public life to substitute "sex" with "gender," there are multiple domains of research in which biological sex remains irreplaceably relevant to anthropological analysis.

Evidently, it isn't as relevant as social sensibilities. In response to the sexy conversation's cancellation, snubbed would-be participants crafted an open letter...

We are puzzled at the AAA/CASCA adopting as its own official stance that to support the continued use of biological sex to imperil the safety of the LGBTQI community. 

The group of axed experts had even attempted leftwing allegiance:

Our panel description...explicitly expresses concerns that ignoring the distinction between sex and gender identity may cause harm to people in the LGBTQI community. In "No Bones About It: Skeletons Are Binary; People May Not Be," Elizabeth Weiss wrote: "In forensics...anthropologists should be (and are) working on ways to ensure that skeletal finds are identified by both biological sex and their gender identity, which is essential due to the current rise in transitioning individuals.

Identifying dead people's gender identities may prove difficult. Studying their bones is one thing, reading their minds is another. Still, the mandate remains; harm-hating anthropologists had better get on the ball. 

Or, the female testicle.

Science was once a science. Now, our supreme science is wokeness.



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