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Biology, Literature, Sex and Gender

Biology and literature are speaking differently to me thisweek. From the literature, I see an individual’s (fictional?) experience, whilethe biology perspective from class is an academic perspective.


I actually did not see much of a scientific perspective fromthe talk in class. I know we had a biologist speaking, but one person cannotspeak for the entire group, and what he said just doesn’t line up with whatI’ve seen from more mainstream scientific places.


The talk certainly captured my attention. However, Idisagree with the idea that science is nothing more than stories. Perhaps thereare no absolutely, forever-true facts, but science does produce facts andtheories that are definitely sound enough to consider true for a lifetime andmore.  I also believe in genetics,and in two sexes. Yes, due to biological issues, some people don’t fit into themale or female sexes. Maybe they are just inbetween, perhaps in transition(some intersexed people choose one sex to identify with, others don’t), perhapsnot. This doesn’t mean there are no sexes at all.


In Middlesex, I see glimpses of how being intersex plays outin real-life. Although I’m about half-way through the book, mostly I have seenthe lives of the narrator’s family. There are other stories about gender in thebook though. The grandparents certainly have distinct gender roles in theirlives and their relationship.


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