Teen Vogue spoke with a collection of LGBTQ activists for a recent video in which one transgender person claimed to be biologically female “regardless of whether or not doctors agree.”
The 6-minute video started with Belgian model Hanne Gaby, who identifies as intersex. She boldly proclaimed, sans any real proof, that the idea there are two binary sexes — male and female — “is bulls***.”
Another contributor, politics writer and Teen Vogue editor Lucy Diavolo, declared, “When I say, ‘I’m a woman,’ I don’t just mean that I identify as a woman. I mean that my biology is the biology of a woman, regardless of whether or not doctors agree.”
Mind you, this kind of thinking is coming from some of the same people who vehemently attack pro-life conservatives who believe a human life begins at the moment of conception. To make their case, they often claim those on the right are denying science.
Taking a very big proverbial step over some pretty rudimentary scientific facts, ACLU transgender justice campaign manager LaLa Zannell claimed, “Human beings are so complex that each person has the right to define who they are. And ‘X’ and ‘Y’ can’t define who you are in your heart, in your mind, as you’re growing in life.”
But the reality is simple: regardless of our feelings, there are only two biological sexes. Scripture makes that clear in Genesis 1:27, when Moses wrote: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” One verse later, God tells the first human beings to “be fruitful and multiply.”
As Dr. John Skalko, a philosophy professor at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, explained in a 2017 essay, our binary biological sexes are directly connected to our ability to reproduce. And the only way to do that is with one male and one female:
How we fundamentally distinguish male and female then is based upon the two biological roles in reproduction. A human individual that has the basic capacity to reproduce with the female is biologically and truly a male. A human individual that has the basic capacity to reproduce with a male is biologically and truly a female. Male and female are defined in reference to each other, which is why they are correlative terms.
Skalko also made the case for those who are incapable — for whatever reason — of reproducing naturally, comparing people in that category to a mechanic with the intellect but not the tools to repair a damaged vehicle.
“A mechanic that doesn’t have the proper tools is still ‘capable’ of fixing your car,” he explained, “but not in the same way in which a mechanic with the proper tools is ‘capable’ to fix your car in the here and now.”
He went on to argue a biological male “could impregnate [a biological female], given that he has the appropriate functioning organs. A female, however, cannot impregnate another female.”
Despite these basic understandings, though, the people over at Teen Vogue are not convinced.
Writer Katrina Karkazis, co-author of the book “Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography,” argued an individual’s biological sex is not in any way determined by nature. Rather, she said people’s sexes are determined by personal declaration alone.
“Too many people,” she lamented, “still believe that there’s such a thing as a true sex and that it comes from your chromosomes. It’s not the case. Science has known this for decades, and it’s actually a consensus in science and uncontroversial.”
The truth, though, is quite the opposite: it is not a consensus and it is controversial to suggest otherwise.