Wednesday, April 02, 2008

GSA to GSX -- Op-Ed in the Daily D

Explaining the rationale for changing the name of the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) to GSX (Gender Sexuality XYZ).

I understand that the distinction between sex and gender can be critical, but "studies consistently show that the biological and genetic differences between the sexes are so small that, if we were to look at them from a truly objective perspective, we might wonder why the classification of male and female even exists?" Really?

I don't really have a problem with the article -- I mean, a GSA is a valuable institution to have on campus, regardless of what it wants to call itself -- but I just wanted to point it out. And the following line amused to no end this morning over breakfast: "Biology doesn’t give Johnny a natural aversion to pink, nor does it give Sweet Dude ‘09 a natural inclination towards misogyny — society does." Ouch, Sweet Dude '09.


Anonymous said...

Right... gender and sexuality are just social constructs. So is everything else. Why even have a name for the organization? Isn't a name just a label, and aren't labels bad? The op-ed reads like a parody of a Cate Lunt column.

And what is "queer theory"? Is it the ever-evolving party line that one has to accept or risk being called a bigot?

Also, Suzuki wants the name of its motorcycle back.

Anonymous said...

"But a child’s gender is not the same as his or her sex. Gender is learned through culture. And in our culture, gender is hyper-exaggerated."

Not exactly.. Read As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto. Also do a google search on "John/Joan" and read the exerpts from the Rolling Stone article that formed the basis for the book.

Terrible harm came to many medical patients because those with such beliefs went unchallenged.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed one pretty "significant" difference between males and females: I have a penis. When i see females naked, they have a vagina. Try as you may, nothing short of expensive surgery and years of hormone therapy is going to change that.

Anonymous said...

Penises and vaginas are just symbols of oppression, used by those who would oppress us to force people into gender roles. Is that all you notice when you see naked people? If so, all you see is oppression and social constructs. The medical community is slowly working to free the human race from yet another bond of oppression, yet you would deny that free people are truly free because it has come at a price?