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  1. Everyone uses it slightly differently. It is very mystifying. "Aromanticism" is a straight-forward and simple term compared to "gender"! The only commonality is that gender is some sort of social grouping. But that's not a definition. Because the question arises what kind of social groupings qualify as "gender"? Certainly "Trekkie", while it can refer to a social grouping, is not regarded as a gender - in contrast to "woman", "man" or "kathoey" (I think). So though I've never seen this stated explicitly, gender seems (?) to retain some connection to biological sex*. Like, it has to be inspired by or be in analogy to the social grouping arising from distinguishing people by their biological sex. Maybe like we talk about "parent", which is inspired by biological parenthood, but can also refer to something social and legal, as with adoptive parents. If we drop that, gender can only be accepted as an intuitive, primitive notion (a concept that can not be defined in terms of previously defined concepts). * Some claim that biological sex is socially constructed. This is a very complex question and touches the deepest philosophical issues of scientific anti-realism and the nature of truth. In a mathematical model for population genetics, (binary) biological sex is used and not gender. So isn't biological sex a real, objective, observable property? Yeah, but as we see with superseded scientific theories like classical mechanics, just because a model can be successfully applied and make correct predictions, it does not mean its concepts are real (Newtonian force with its instantaneous action is not real). Still biological sex isn't as abstract and remote as Newtonian force. I certainly think in concepts like "biologically male". It's part of normal life, e.g.: As biologically male I don't need cervical cancer screening. There are exceptions of course, but they're so rare I do not think they apply to me in the absence of any evidence. No. I do not experience any sense of gender. So I go with the biological sex: male. Where I live biological sex is the brand name and gender is the knock-off. 🤷‍♂️
  2. Well, in this case it would be far-fetched to suspect it. But as my last obviously satirical post in this thread (which some people still took at face value) made clear, I’m in general not so convinced by this line of reasoning. The usual procedure in a democracy is that changes in societal attitudes lead to changes in the law. But the reverse is also true, and to some degree dangerous. I gave the example of the ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization according to the Yarovaya law which is easy to make sound reasonable. Any argument against it OTOH will sound long-winded, abstract and dogmatic. The problem is … it comes from … Putin! I simply don’t think that Putin has the well-being of his citizens in mind, but rather it’s another attempt to define what it means to be a “good Russian” (= change the public opinion in a way that’s useful to him), to put it very mildly.
  3. I can’t wrap my head around this “gender assigned at birth”. Example: Mary Read was born in Kingdom of England in 1685. Her mother had married a sailor and had a son.[1] After her husband disappeared at sea, Mary's mother became pregnant after an extramarital love affair. Read's mother attempted to hide the pregnancy by going to live with friends in the country. Shortly thereafter, her son died, and she gave birth to Mary. In financial distress, her mother decided to disguise Mary as her dead son, in order to receive monetary support from her late husband's mother. The grandmother was apparently fooled, and mother and daughter lived on the inheritance into Mary's teen years. Dressed as a boy, Read found work as a foot-boy, and, then, employment on a ship. Without fixing the whole thing by biological sex, I don’t see how to make sense of the trans label when confronted with stories like this. Certainly, if Mary Read herself only reluctantly took part in this whole deception and it made her uncomfortable that people regarded her as a boy/man (male = the gender she was assigned to at birth), it does not feel right to call her a trans woman.
  4. In the wilderness of nature, having no functional legs puts you at a disadvantage. Autism probably not. I think that‘s an important difference, which the social model of disability as described in the Wikipedia article, does not address.
  5. Well, the female-male duality is a huge progress compared to the following: It was necessary for woman to be made, as the Scripture says, as a "helper" to man; not, indeed, as a helpmate in other works, as some say, since man can be more efficiently helped by another man in other works; but as a helper in the work of generation. – Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae, First Part, Question 92 but it still strikes me as a bit archaic.
  6. Spacenik86's post is kind of confused, but this line is very important: I’m always surprised how many people regard laws as good instruments to change attitudes and for reeducation. Probably they regard themselves as philosopher kings bringing the sheeple to their senses. But isn’t Putin the only true philosopher king? Last year the enlightened president Putin banned Jehovah’s Witnesses and put and end to their superstition and the harm it causes: No one will die anymore because of being brainwashed into rejecting blood transfusions. In backwards countries like the US they let 14-year-old teenagers die because of this insanity. His Yarovaya law is very fair: it bans a religious organization as extremist if it encourages members to refuse life-saving treatment. Jehovah’s Witnesses could have changed their teaching and they would still be allowed. Still, Putin is not a man of petty religious intolerance. In most cases, he does not want to restrict the freedom of believers. For example, you are allowed to refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding in Russia. Christians do not have this freedom in the US. Only when it becomes serious, like a matter of life and death, Putin in his unending love for humanity sees himself forced to intervene. Enlightened, tolerant, fair, loving and all-around sane – that’s Putin. The US government does everything the other way around which is exactly the wrong way. ----------
  7. imho there is a difference between making X a political issue itself and caring about the connections of X with politics.
  8. A nice topic for a PhD thesis in sociology! It’s a weird branding from a non-US standpoint. “Liberal anti-liberty” is imho most pronounced in the following areas: a minimalist interpretation of certain important civil liberties, like freedom of speech and freedom of association anti-discrimination laws (at least the extreme variants, like quotas for elite positions) weird/extreme views on public health (e.g. making everything about oppression. If one honestly thinks that the public is 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food, instead of simply liking unhealthy food more, heavy-handed paternalism is easy to justify) environmental protection Now being liberal doesn’t mean being anti-liberty in those areas. But if you are, you’re probably liberal. Conservative anti-liberty impulses go in a very different direction.
  9. Sure, the question would be what is the meaning of the word “woman” in the trans woman Wikipedia article? I guess the progressive view only makes sense from a quasi-Cartesian perspective. The sense of gender would be roughly like one of Descartes’s “innate ideas”; the sex of the body – conceived as a machine anyway – negligible, arbitrary or obscure. The traditional view, according to which biological sex is a real, objective property of each human individual as a whole, and gender refers to the social constructs based on biological sex, is more Aristotelian. Now, I don’t obsess about this issue enough to start a fight about it. So you can dismiss this as concern trolling, if you want. But I wonder if the general population can ever be convinced of the progressive view? If cuisine would be such a big issue as gender, would we want to define “cuisine” in a similar way, one that completely detaches it from what it is assumed to be about: food (cause food is also defined by its raw biological function – providing nourishment for humans)? And launch a skeptical attack on the concept of food? Japanese wax food display – an example of Japanese cuisine?
  10. I guess I would’ve scored more on loyality but some questions were romance-focuses and Americanocentric. Overall I identify most with left-libertarianism, so yeah.
  11. Your scores: Care 89% Loyalty 11% Fairness 47% Authority 3% Purity 33% Liberty 81% Your strongest moral foundation is Care. Your morality is closest to that of a Libertarian.
  12. Though how do you know that? I only “know” that I’m a man in the sense that my biological sex seems to be male. Certainly I don’t feel an internal sense of gender. Well, transgender theory is very complex and subtle, there are no authoritative sources, there are many inconsistencies how in different contexts the terms (male, female, etc.) are used and it is an extremely polarized issue. If we only look at the Wikipedia situation: … something does not add up here. Also, if the natal bureaucracy would have assigned “female” at birth to me, I would not feel like a trans man. I would just feel someone made an extremely obvious mistake here. Like if they spelled my family name in a wrong way.
  13. It refers to romantic attraction, which is difficult to grasp. I believe that there is something like romantic attraction, but if it were definitely proven that it doesn’t exist, I would still feel aromantic. Bu the disconnection happens to occur in a specific sense, namely “the full romantic program is not executed”, not in some other way which doesn’t fit the normative societal expectations. This is what all arospec orientations like grayromantic, akoiromantic, frayromantic, etc. seem to have in common: romance = lacking / absent / less pronounced / incomplete (no other way to put it … that sounds very normative). It’s even called theistic Satanism, to differentiate it from the LaVey version of Satanism, which is atheistic.
  14. Yes, you’re right… it’s about Mars and I liked that one very much. The remake was a victim of the Mars Curse, though.
  15. Oh that one… The Martian was one of the few successful movies about Mars, and probably the only one I liked so far. I never watched John Carter, but I’ll give it a chance.
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