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David Resseguie davidr at efn.org
Sun May 9 15:21:09 EST 1993


There are two basically separate issues being discussed here that are
getting somewhat co-mingled. 

The first issue is the oppression of persons with wombs by institutions
and social models mainly created and propagated by persons without wombs. 
(I am using this somewhat smarmy sounding phrase "persons with wombs" for
a very specific reason. Bear with me.)

The second issue is how hormonally mediated developmental differences may
affect any given human being's abilities, perspectives, or
accomplishments. 

That hormone levels affect behavior is not in question. When the study of
these differences leads to conclusions about whole groups of persons
(e.g., people with wombs) - each of whom has their own particular
physiology and has been affected by a unique mixture of hormones
throughout their development - it becomes a political tool rather than
science. 

Any attempt to justify the lack of inclusion of persons with wombs in any
human endeavor based on supposed hormonally mediated propensities is
bogus. It smacks of those studies that "proved" that "white" people were
indeed "more intelligent" than "black" people. And HIStory will teach us
nothing if we are only reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica style of
history - males writing about the accomplishments of males. The real
history of humanity is edited to support the dominant paradigm. 

People without wombs (also, people without color, people without sexual
deviations, etc.) should spend more time making sure that there is equal
access to all humans in the areas of work in which they are engaged. There
will be plenty of time to discuss hormonally mediated differences after
everyone feels that they are fully represented in the sciences (or
wherever). 

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