Astrophysicist and noted science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke out in favor of gender ideology and the ability of a person to actually change their sex. He made the remarks on the Stephen A Smith podcast "K[no]w Mercy."
"Apparenly the XX/XY chromosomes," he said with obvious derision, "are insufficient because when we wake up in the morning, we exaggerate whatever feature we want to portray the gender of our choice. Either the one you're assigned, the one you choose to be—whatever it is!"
"And so now," he went on as though swapping sex was the most obvious thing in the world, "just to tie a bow on this, I say to you, somewhere I read— somewhere, I think I read— that the United States was a land where we have the pursuit of happiness. Suppose no matter my chromosomes today, I feel 80 percent female, 20 percent male. Now I'm gonna, I'm gonna put on makeup. Tomorrow, I might feel 80 percent male. I'll remove the makeup and I'll wear a muscle shirt. Why do you care? What businesses is it of yours to require that I fill your inability to think of gender on a spectrum?"
Detransitioner Chloe Cole took issue with Tyson, noting that in his assessment, he conflates appearance and cosmetics with biology, as though a person's external presentation has an effect on their biological reality.
"How about we stop confusing basic human biology with cosmetics?" Cole said. "Like what a weird jump. I don't wear makeup most days, if I leave the house without makeup on, does that make me like 70 male?"
"If it were only truly about aesthetics," she continued, "nobody would care. It's my business. Because we're using 1950s gender stereotypes to justify an ideology that leads to the sterilization and mastectomy is of 15-year-old girls who just don't fit in— girls like me."
Cold pointed out that despite Tyson's assertions, he was not exhibiting the same stereotypes that he espoused defines males and females. "I wonder what gender he was when he recorded this," she said. "He doesn't have a muscle shirt on, right? No spray tan, no falsies. He's probably like 50 percent male," she guessed.
"Because the only thing that you've established in this video," she said, "is that men wear trousers and tank tops, but women, they wear lipstick and dresses. The idea that people can be percentages of either male or female just further reinforces the fact that biological sex is a binary. There's only two. There may only be two sexes, but there are an infinite number of personalities. I mean, it really doesn't take a degree in astrophysics to understand that."
Cole has been outspoken about her gender transition experience, which she underwent in her early teen years. Now 19, she began transition with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones before having her breasts surgically removed by doctors at the age of 15. These "cures" did not solve her problems, and she has found herself entirely dismayed at the speed with which her body was dismembered in service to a lie.
She recently testified before Congress to express her concern at the rise in this so-called treatment for minors.
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