Genetics can be a tricky business. When conception takes place, it is more or less a crapshoot as to what combination of genes will express in the offspring, but one thing that has been consistent in human reproduction from the dawn of time, almost always, has been the XX and XY chromosomal make-up that determines gender.
XX is the combination that produces females. XY is the combination that produces males, and until just recently that has been the accepted reality of the human condition.
State Rep. James Talarico, a former English teacher with a master’s in education policy, made his pronouncement before the Public Education Committee on a measure to ban transgender athletes from girls’ K-12 scholastic sports, the Washington Times reported.
“The bill seems to think there are two,” Talarico said to Republican Rep. Cole Hefner, the bill’s sponsor.
“The one thing I want us to all be aware of is that modern science obviously recognizes that there are many more than two biological sexes.”
He added: “In fact, there are six, which honestly, Rep. Hefner, surprised me, too.”
Talarico explained that there are “six really common biological sexes” based on X and Y chromosomes — not just XX (female) and XY (male), but also single X, XXY, XYY, and XXXY.
“The point is that biologically speaking, scientifically speaking, sex is a spectrum, and oftentimes can be very ambiguous,” he said, according to the news outlet.
At any rate, the argument over keeping biological males out of female sports, which is the bottom line in the discussion, is now a bit more clouded.
It just depends on one’s understanding of genetics, apparently.
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