Wednesday’s edition of All Things Considered on National Public Radio showcased the latest in a long line of stories from tax-funded NPR trying hard to blur obvious biological lines, to further the cause of transgender activism.
The online version of the report -- under the odd headline “These states are narrowly defining who is 'female' and 'male' in law” -- began with a laughable sentence, especially given NPR’s self-image as educated science believers, that implied common biological terms were some kind of bizarre, made-up jargon:
Lawmakers in Montana, Tennessee and Kansas have voted in the past few weeks to narrowly define who is "female" and who is "male" in state law using such terms as "gametes," "ova," "sex chromosomes," "genitalia" and "immutable biological sex."
Ah yes, those obscure terms that define the actual building blocks of life!
This multi-stated propaganda piece was created by reporters Shaylee Ragar from Montana, Blaise Gainey from Tennessee, and Rose Conlon from Kansas.
Advocates for LGBTQ rights say these bills are one more step in the ratcheting up of politics and policies against transgender and nonbinary people.
Republicans sponsoring the bills say the definitions are important to keep sex from being conflated with gender.
The Montana chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill language in that state is scientifically inaccurate and that it isn't inclusive of people with chromosomal variations, such as intersex people, or people with diverse gender identities, such as transgender or nonbinary people.
(Reminder: The American Academy of Pediatrics hurt children’s development by pushing mask mandates in schools, even for toddlers, in the name of fighting COVID. AAP even dishonestly deleted its own previous recommendations that growing children need to see faces. Judge their credibility accordingly.)
NPR seemed determined to make simple definitions as fuzzy as possible, for its own ideological purposes.
The bill is based on a person's chromosomes and whether or not they produce eggs. A "female" produces eggs and a "male" produces sperm. The bill also includes language that there are exactly two sexes.
But research shows that sex can be more complicated than just male or female. Sex chromosomes can indicate one thing, anatomy can indicate something else and other genetic factors can play a role.
Come July 1, the estimated 2% of Kansans who are transgender will live under the "women's bill of rights." The law essentially blocks legal recognition of their gender identity and forces them to use the bathrooms, locker rooms and other public facilities of the sex they were assigned at birth.
In plain language, transgenders in Kansas will be forced to concede biological reality in public restrooms.
For transgender, nonbinary or intersex people, having identification that's incongruent with their identity could open them up to discrimination and possibly subject them to violence in unsafe situations, if they're outed.
The reporters strung together scary scenarios to quell any encouragement social conservatives (or average citizens) might take from legislation that would acknowledge biological reality.
In Montana, nonpartisan fiscal analysts say the bill could risk up to $7 billion the state receives from the federal government because of federal anti-discrimination rules tied to that money.…In Bostock v. Clayton County, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that discrimination based on gender identity falls under sex discrimination, so some legal experts say the bills have very little to stand on.