We’ve now reached a point in this country where a major news organization is making statements they know to be false—statements which every one of their readers knows to be false—and not only are people nodding their heads in agreement with those statements, but they’re also shaming anyone who would dare speak up against them.
From a CNN news story:
Though the two executive orders signed by Noem do not explicitly mention transgender athletes, they reference the supposed harms of the participation of “males” in women’s athletics — an echo of the transphobic claim, cited in other similar legislative initiatives, that transgender women are not women. The orders also reference “biological sex,” a disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates.
It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.
The term “biological sex” does not “refer to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates.” In fact, the sex listed on students’ original birth certificates refers to their biological sex. Their objectively real physical body is the referent.
Secondly, there is not a person reading this CNN article who believes “there is no consensus criteria” for recognizing (not “assigning”) a person’s sex. Not. A. One. The fact that intersex conditions exist does not change the fact that everyone knows the physical difference between boys and girls.