Posts by Neil

  • Hard News: Lost Men, in reply to mark taslov,

    You’ve made quite a range of points. To address just one.

    Male/female brain differences certainly don’t explain all types of violence. However they do contribute to some such as described in the original post on male gun violence in the US.

    I believe an understanding of this phenomenon is helpful to undertake social intervention to prevent it.

    There are other less direct differences such as male risk taking in adolescence leading to a larger proportion of traumatic brain injury which can often predispose people to aggression.

    I think evidence from brain imaging on male/female differences also offers valuable insight into current debates surrounding transgender rights:

    Although the number of studies examining the brain of people with GI [gender incongruence] is still low, they have taught us that brain phenotypes for FtM [Female to Male] and MtF [Male to Female] seem to exist, and provided evidence for the role of prenatal organization of the brain in the development of gender incongruence.

    In other words in terms of gender a person’s brain may not match their natal body.

    Since Nov 2016 • 286 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Another year on earth,

    It feels like there has been a new, sharper, more polarised kind of argument abroad in recent years...

    That’s my impression as well. Hard to quantasize but it seems to keep growing. A lot of it appears designed to just destroy debate and promote bitterness which works in favour of authoritarians. A bit like drones at an airport, there doesn’t need to be many to cause huge disruption.

    Since Nov 2016 • 286 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to steven crawford,

    Thats reassuring.

    My colleagues do a lot of good in difficult circumstances and we often argue about what is actually the situation.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to steven crawford,

    So maybe, is it reasonable to say that excluding trans women from say womens prisons under the feminist banner might be a little bit sick?

    I would agree with that. I work in a hospital setting where there is from time to time trans women and they are considered as women including risk from men.

    None of the staff though would have any idea of all this argument over TERF and would just go fuck off with that nonsense.

    People can be good to others or bad to others and it doesn’t have much to do with what a small number of activists get worked up about.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to steven crawford,

    TERFs are not feminists in ether option.

    I’m not sure how classifying some women feminists as not being feminists is going to protect trans woman from violence - which is carried out by men.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to Sacha,

    Interested to hear how you think other people will respond to what you have said here

    I’m not sure I know what you mean. Perhaps my song reference was too obscure.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to steven crawford,

    It could depend on how they self identify and if one thinks sex is binary.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal, in reply to TracyMac,

    So what do you call self-described radical feminists who deny that transwomen are women? That’s why the term was coined.

    Objections to the term TERF appear partly to be caused by it being used to categorise a range of opinions about gender and biology as essentially anti-trans.

    My impression is that it’s often used to create enemies when there aren’t any.

    Personally I think gender is performative but I think Genet had a few observations regarding that that aren’t particularly comforting.

    I also think gender is not completely unrelated to biology. We perform to an audience on a stage build by our ancestors who communicate to us via our genes.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal,

    In a debate partly about challenging a binary view it’s odd people are being channeled into a binary choice of one side or the other.

    Everyone's soaked in animosity.

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  • Hard News: WOTY: The Kindness Scandal,

    I think the expression TERF had become one way of making it about taking sides or of having a side foist upon you.

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