Science and Gender — Blurring the Lines

In the last few weeks, after his ninth episode of “Bill Nye Saves the World”, Bill Nye has received a fair bit of criticism. The episode, titled “The Sexual Spectrum”, was an episode that explored the ‘spectrum’ of sexuality and gender. Most of the criticism, I believe, was coming from the Alt-Right. In my opinion, it probably was rightly so.

Before I actually begin the majority of this article, I’d like to actually talk about Bill Nye. To be more specific, his credentials. To make this quick, Bill Nye — ‘the Science Guy’, is not an expert in all fields of science. Instead, he only has a Bachelor of Science degree in ONE FIELD: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, yet he has spoken out on climate change and other fields.

From my perspective, and no doubt, a certain episode of Bill Nye’s original TV series (which ran from 1993–98), there are only two (2) genders / sexes. The episode goes on to give the reality to why there are two genders / sexes, ie: the interaction of both male and female chromosomes. If you do not know how it works, there is a table below:

Figure 1: Mother has two X chromosomes. Father has an X and a Y. When one is joined to another, it usually results in a male or female being produced.

Of course, there are some anomalies within the human genome that may cause a person to diverge from the natural physiological traits of male or female. These individuals are usually called transsexuals. But, there may be more anomalies than the one noted in this paragraph.

Within science (more specifically — chemistry), there are two words — used as prefixes to other words — to describe two atoms or groups within a molecular structure. These are ‘cis’ and ‘trans’. The definitions (both from doing a Google search) are as follows:

Figure 2: The definition of ‘cis’ within Chemistry.
Figure 3: The definition of ‘trans’ within Chemistry.

Why is this relevant? Well, as you may know, people have been using the prefixes to describe their, or other people’s, gender. ‘Cisgender’ composing of a person identifying with the same gender as the one they have physiologically (ie: ‘cis-male’, ‘cis-female’); ‘transgender’ equating to a person identifying with a gender opposing their natural physiological features. One of the most notable cases of a person with a ‘transgender’ issue in the past was Bruce Jenner, before making the transition and changing their name to Caitlin Jenner.

In the recent years (likely, within the last decade or less), there has been different genders created to accommodate the person’s sexuality and expression of their individuality. Such is the extent of this asinine expression of different genders, that there are 50+ genders recorded on the internet. This ridiculous practice of creating genders and using them has resulted in creating a series of pronouns. The dangerous side to all of this: parents using small children to promote these genders and using different hormonal therapies on them with potentially disastrous physical and psychological outcomes to follow later in life.

There are some things that science can explain, and some that it can not fully explain in deep and certain detail. Science is supposed to be the search for truth within the physical world and providing answers and proof to the questions that probe the minds of scientists, and others, alike. Science SHOULD NOT be a tool to make people fear, nor should it give falsehoods about the world we live in. Likewise, the message of not messing around with nature should be one to be heard loudly. In this case, it is gender. For manipulating something natural can bring forth potentially disastrous repercussions, not only for the individual, but also for those around them.