biological basis

BTS  LOVE YOURSELF ‘HER’ TRACK-LIST ANALYSIS:

INTRO: Serendipity

The title in general means “Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for”. When this term is appended with love it brings many other elements such as destiny and happiness. The things that the lyrics of the song described well  

I will invite you to read this analysis where all the main elements about it are explained HERE

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DNA

DNA is the carrier of genetic information. But how is attached to “LOVE”? There is something called The Neurobiology of Love. Doctor Larry Young, for instance, believes there is a biological basis for love. He says “So many people ask is there a chemical or genetic basis to human love, and I certainly believe there is. I’m very confident that emotions such as love are really the byproduct of chemical reactions that happen in our brain where certain neurotransmitter molecules activating receptors in certain brain circuits that activate an emotional feeling. One of those emotional feelings that we know to be very human is love. Love happens between partners, but also between parents and their offspring, offspring and their parents and I think that there’s surely a biological mechanism to that.” Thus love and DNA are very related. 

DNA aside from meaning DeoxyriboNucleic Acid can be the abbreviation to many: Does Not Apply, Do Not Accept, Do Not Answer, Do Not Adjust, Daytime Nighttime Anytime, Don’t Need Advice … So be it if BTS will use it as it is and develop a poetic meaning to it or use an abbreviation, only time will tell us. 

Best Of Me

This is a song where BTS collab with the Chainsmokers. The title is quite self-explanatory as some loved ones can bring the best out of us.

보조개 = Dimple 

Dimple is the most beautiful human flaw. They are rare and can bring a charm to their owner. So just like beautiful eyes or a warm smile, dimples can be the reason you start finding someone attractive and eventually fall for them. 

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Pied Piper

The Pied Piper of Hamelin or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the title character of a legend from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany in 1934. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicolored clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, he retaliates by using his instrument’s magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. 

There are many contradictory theories about the Pied Piper. Some suggest he was a symbol of hope to the people of Hamelin, which had been attacked by plague; he drove the rats from Hamelin, saving the people from the epidemic. Others suggest that children died of some natural causes such as disease or starvation and that the Piper was a symbolic figure of Death. 

But what is the relationship between a Pied Piper and a theme such as “LOVE”. This man was a loving character who was willing to help the city and its owner but his feeling turned into hate when the society he was in was ungrateful towards his work. 

Pied Piper serves many metaphors according to Merriam-Webster, and truthfully they all describe BTS:

  1. a charismatic person who attracts followers
  2. a musician who attracts mass

It’s pretty known that Bangtan do not follow the kpop trends but are ahead of them. Thus, the song may probably talk about how BTS are now trend setters. They may also talk about how they became global during this year. There are many theories that can go with this song. 

Skit: Billboard Music Awards speech

Get ready to cry loads or laugh out loud, it’s either one of the two extremities with BTS skits. They may introduce how they ended up deciding to drop a clue about their comeback in such a big award ceremony. Rapmon clearly said during the speech “LOVE YOURSELF”.

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MIC DROP

Mic Drop may be just a catchy phare many uses but it has more history than you think. A mic drop is a gesture of intentionally dropping one's microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Figuratively, it is an expression of triumph for a successful event and indicates a boastful attitude toward one’s own performance.The gesture dates to the 1980s when it was used by rappers and comedians. Performers from both groups can engage in confrontational performance styles - rappers may participate in rap battles, comedians may interact with a  heckler in the audience - and dropping the microphone after a particularly effective line indicated complete confidence in the opponent’s inability to come back with anything that would be worthy of a response. An early occurrence was Eddie Murphy in 1983 in his standup show Delirious. 

BTS worked hard this year and had arms full of praises and exploits, coming with a song where they sing about it is only natural. It’s also a way to show the ones who doubted them that they are the ones who got the final word. This song will sure have more rap than the others. 

고민보다 go = before worrying, go or go rather than worry

BTS are known to speak up to the youth and their struggles, their mission never changed since the start to give hope. Including a song that helps the ones fighting is also a natural move coming from BTS. 

Outro: HER

This album will help introduce another one coming by 2018. We may finally know who is that “HER” that got us all stressed this past month or we may end up with an answer that will lead to another question. 

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+TWO Hidden Tracks

*Insert many “??????” and “!!!!!!!!!”* All we know is that one of them is a song made by Rap monster. 

By @mimibtsghost

things can’t make you look like a sexuality. it’s very tempting to make easy jokes about “Dan looks like a lesbian”, “Dan’s pastel video is gay” i mean obviously correlations between behaviour and stereotypes do exist but when things are kind of you feeding into heteronormativism and the harmfulness of everybody’s living inside a patriarchy and the bullying that exists within the male-system with things threatening their masculinity - that’s just a bad thing and stereotyping sexuality and behaviour and gender isn’t a good thing - so you can say “that goat looks like a lesbian” or “the flowers, that’s a bit gay” and it’s not necessarily the most offensive thing but on a level it is slightly bad because you are reinforcing those things you know so it’s funny because next time you’ll be like “oh i totally look like a lesbian” it’s like that might seem like that but there’s nothing wrong with a lesbian happening to look like whatever “masculine” is.
what is “girly”? what is “looking feminine”? you go to nature, you got a female lion - they’re all meaty as heck. tell you what, lionesses at the zoo - they’re all thicc, look at those thighs. male lions are skinny as heck sat in the corner. what is “feminine”? who’s to say that a girl has to wear pink and like flowers? gender roles make no sense at all. honestly it’s just one of those things that make no sense - like you can say “men are stronger, therefore they should be the hunters” but in our modern society that means nothing. that’s like grounded in some kind of biology - but wearing pink, liking flowers and not liking flowers - that makes no sense. there’s like literally no background for it. there’s a difference between things that have some kind of evolutionary biological basis that we can say while now in our modern society that’s a pointless issue that we shouldn’t let define us.
—  Dan’s rant on the flower-crown-criticism | Dan’s Live Chat 14/2/2017
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“Gender roles make so sense at all honestly it’s just one of the things that make no sense. You can say ‘oh men are stronger therefore they should be the hunters and the whatever’ but in our modern society that means nothing. That’s like grounded in some kind of biology but like, wearing pink, liking flowers or not liking flowers, that makes so sense. There’s literally no background for it. There’s a difference between things that have some kind of evolutionary biological basis that we can say ‘well now in modern society that doesn’t define us’ but then there’s things that don’t make any sense.” -2/14/17

anonymous asked:

what do I do when someone tells me Jewish isn't a race

Ah yes.  We know the type:

We don’t imagine the person who told you this will be intelligent enough to comprehend the following, but here’s the breakdown of how wrong they are:

1) There is no biological basis for race.  There is no gene that is exclusive to members of any one “racial” category.    The concept of “race” has been roundly rejected by geneticists and anthropologists as having zero scientific validity.   As anthropologist John Shea points out, “Race is folk taxonomy, not science. The variables used to organize it, such as skin color and hair texture, are arbitrary choices.”

2) If race isn’t a scientifcally-valid construct to describe reality, then just what is it?  It’s a social construct - something that doesn’t actually exist but that humans have taken a hold of as a way to organize their social world. As Brian Jones put it, race is real “…in the same way that Wednesday is real. But it’s also made up in the same way that Wednesday is made up.”

3) Because race is a made-up social construct, we prefer the term “racialized” as a term, since race isn’t something people are, it’s something that’s done to them - an identity foisted upon them.

4) Racialization historically has been super-arbitrary and what people think of as “races” varies with geography and time.  Since it’s not a scientifically-valid concept, country of origin, language spoken, and religious beliefs have all been used to determine what racial category one group or another has belonged to over the years - all in an attempt by the dominant “race” to keep “lesser races” subordinate to them.  For example, in the late 1800s, neither Italians nor the Irish were considered to be white.  There are parts of the word even today that would consider Catholics to be a separate racial category.

(above: anti-Irish racist propaganda from the late 1800s)

5) So because racialization is a social construct that changes with time and geography, Jews have previously been considered a separate “race” - certainly by the nazis in the most extreme and tragic example.  Karen Brodkin has written about how Jews in America “became white” in the 1940s.  Currently we are witnessing the racialization of Muslims in very much the same way that Jews were racialized.

So to sum up: race is a made-up concept that’s not substantively real or scientifically-valid.  Because of this, people have historically used all manner or criteria to try to delineate racial boundaries, including religion, language, and geographic origin.  Some of these, mixed with physical stereotyping, were combined to racialize Jews.  There have been other examples of ethnic, linguistic, and/or religious groups being racialized and we’re currently seeing the same thing happen to Muslims.  

endocrine system: major glands, hormones secreted, and actions that are controlled

PITUITARY GLAND: 

  • oxytocin - contraction of uterus; breast milk letdown
  • antidiuertic hormone - water retention in kidneys
  • growth hormone - stimulates growth
  • prolactin - stimulates milk production from mammary gland 
  • follicle-stimulating hormone - stimulates production of ova and sperm 
  • luteinising hormone - stimulates ovaries
  • thyroid-stimulating hormone - stimulates thyroid


ADRENAL GLAND: 

  • norepinephrine and epinephrine - causes fight-or-flight response in emergency situations; stimulates metabolism
These two are the most important and most frequently tested, but there’s more under the cut. 
 

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10 Reasons Why You Will Call Me Woman OR Why Female Is Some Whack Shit

One.
Female refers to any species coded XX in their chromosomes capable of populating this fine earth.
Newsflash: I am not my womb.
I don’t birth babies to your benefit.
I am more than a pussy, a set of titties, thick thighs and a fat ass.
This body is not for sale and damn sure not for your consumption.

Two.
A Female could be a cow.
Or a cat.
Or a fox.
Or a fucking blue whale.
There is a word for humans of the feminine persuasion.
Please tell me why y’all niggas so set against using it?

Three.
FEMALE strips me of my humanity.
Reduces me to object fit for your labor.
But not entitled to the same inalienable rights as you
Malcolm did say the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.
We are now coming to collect back rent from the years of you living on ours.

Four.
We don’t ever hear y’all say [insert any race other than Black here] females.
You love your Kylie Jenners, JLo’s and foreign women
But let a Black girl speak up and she too ghetto
She too loud
She too angry
Her skin too dark and hair too nappy
I guess we all mongoloids now

Five.
Because y’all never say that shit in a positive light.
I mean NEVER.
#FemalesBeLike
#TheseFemales
If you wanna call me bitch, I’d rather you call me bitch.
Don’t try to be politically correct now nigga!

Six.
We don’t call y’all “males”
Grammatically speaking,
That shit sound like an abomination rolling of the tongue
And I promise you I spit nothing but inferno

Seven.
Female implies sex and gender are the same.
Repeat after me: SEX AND GENDER ARE NOT THE SAME.
You cannot conflate a social construct to biological basis.
Obey the spectrum and stay in ya lane.

Eight.
FEMALE is not inclusive to trans, intersex, non-binary or any other identity apart of the aforementioned spectrum.
I keep my cisgender privilege in check.
I suggest you do the same.

Nine.
I don’t give a fuck how comfortable calling me female makes you feel.
This isn’t about you.
This is about the inherent violence laced in your language.
This is about dog whistle politics.
This is about equity and real life feminism.

Ten.
Allow me to draw you to the Black Feminist Thesaurus of Where You Had Me Fucked Up
Woman.
Part of speech: noun
Human.
May or may not be female.
Magician.
Motherfucking Goddess.

Respect
My
Title

Address me the way I demand to be addressed
Or keep your words behind those dusty ass lips, boy.

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When you say “children shouldn’t worry about their gender yet, they should just be kids and play”, what I hear is “being transgender is a choice and gender dysphoria isn’t real.”

If you can understand that one does not choose to be transgender or to suffer from gender dysphoria, and that there is a legitimate biological basis to it, then you can understand that children can suffer from it as much as adults can. And maybe that suffering should be taken seriously and eased as much as possible.

tools for brain research

electroencephalogram (EEC):

  • records patterns of electrical brain waves
  • reveals areas that are most active during particular tasks or changes in mental states.
  • can trace abnormal brain waves caused by brain malfunctions such as epilepsy.

positron emission tomography (PET) scan:

  • researchers inject a harmless radioactive form of glucose into the bloodstream
  • PET scan shows colour-coded, computer-generated images of the brain providing information about glucose metabolism
  • originally designed to test abnormalities - now also used to identify which brain areas are active during ordinary activities

computerised tomography (CT) scan: 

  • uses x-rays to create a static picture of the brain, revealing the effects of strokes, tumors, and other brain disorders
  • widely used in research because it is the least expensive type of imaging 

magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):

  • uses a high-frequency magnetic field to produce detailed, high-resolution pictures of the brain
  • used to map brain structures and identify abnormalities 
We Can Have Our Cake

(or, Autism as a Neurotype, Disability, and Disorder)

Recently I have seen a lot of conversation about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and whether it is a disorder, or a neurotype. The conversation usually starts with one autistic declaring that autism is not a disorder, and usually escalates when an allistic accuses them of not being a real autistic. Or it starts with, it would not be a disability if society accommodates us. And sometimes, it is a disability but not a disorder.

We’ve all had this conversation, or at least seen it.

Of course, it is a neurotype and a disability. That is the point of a diagnosis; to find what is different, to create what we sociologists call an outgroup. Consider, however, that this does not exclude autism being a disorder.

ASD is primarily a social-communication disorder; it describes a group of people in which there are difficulties with certain types of social interaction, including but not limited to delays or deficits social and emotional reciprocity, language, implicit communication, subtext, and more.

The thing is, no matter how much accommodation we receive, no matter how much and how well we cope, we will always be at a disadvantage in this regard. Society could be 100% accessible to us, but the fact that we must cope at all by making use of accommodations – even if society grants them whole cloth – will set us apart.

Why?

Because at the end of the day, humans have biological wiring to recognize patterns – it is what the brain does – and allistic people follow biologically driven patterns of all the things that make us disabled. There are patterns to emotional and social reciprocity; there are patterns to the subtext, to the language. Allistics learn these implicit patterns naturally because their wiring dictates it.

“Ah-ha!” you say, “Aren’t autistics wired for patterns?”

Well, yes. But not in the same way, that is the point. When I watch autistics interact in social groups with other autistics, removed from the context of allistic social standards, I don’t see many, if any of the social standards. It does not matter if the communication does not involve emotional or social reciprocity because that is the expectation. Our pattern recognition works just fine, there is just a predisposition to recognize different patterns naturally.

And yes, this supports the idea that we are being pathologized based on an arbitrary social construct. Yes, it supports the idea that society labels us disabled based on social standards that should not apply to us. Absolutely, these things are true, and I feel that allistic society needs to correct these issues.

But even if they do correct these issues, my brain will still be different, my brain will still see difference, and even if I am perfectly acceptable to society standards, I will still need help interacting with society. My brain is, and always will have more to overcome because the clear majority of the world simply does not even perceive the world the same way I do, and that disadvantages me.

Equity is a laudable goal, but it does not change the biological basis that affects how I see and interact with the world. People will always have to go out of their way – even when socially expected – or I will always have to go out of my way to achieve the same social accomplishments.

Think of it this way: as crippled person, I cannot run up the stairs and usually cannot walk up or down stairs. That is a feature of my biology. My body just works that way. Equity means that in an emergency, someone will show up to escort me down the stairs for my safety, or even carry me.

But an able-bodied person can also take the stairs on their own. In a fire, they do not have to have someone carry them down the stairs. In an emergency, they can run down the stairs to escape danger. I must either wait for someone to rescue me, or I must go very slow and very carefully, putting me at greater risk. There simply is no way around this.

It is the same thing with me and social situations. No matter how slow or careful (no matter how accommodating) people are with regards to my social disability, it does not change that I will always have the equivalent of being socially crippled.

What about the stigma? I do believe that there is more stigma attached to the word “disorder” than there is disability. However, I do not believe that changing the name of autism spectrum disorder to autism spectrum condition, or autism spectrum neurology, or any other number of things will lessen that stigma.

The stigma does not exist because of the word we use; the word is stigmatizing because it is the word society uses for us. Call it autism spectrum peanut butter cookies, and peanut butter cookie will become the stigmatizing phrase; society will use peanut butter as an insult because of the association with us.

As a sociologist, I love the idea of changing the prevailing view of ASD to be less stigmatizing, and I believe we can do that. I do not, however, believe that doing so should come at the expense of recognizing disability.

The good news is that we do not have to. It is possible to reduce the stigma with a primary focus on acceptance and secondary focus on awareness of realistic understandings of autism, and it is possible to do it without erasing the disability that is writ in our biology.

We can have our cake and eat it, too.

This is really random but here goes.

I just got off the phone with a customer, and we were discussing him and his buddy bringing in some work for me when I get back from vacation. His friend had a bit of a strange request, so it took me some time to give a price quote. And of course I had some questions, and some of them definitely came out sounding a little funny. So he said to his friend, “She’s making fun of you.” We all laughed. Then he said, to me this time, “Just wait ‘til you see him, you’ll want to make fun of him more.” And we all laughed again (although I did feel a little bad for the guy then).

These are the kinds of exchanges that boys and men often have with each other, as friends. They talk shit (excuse my language) about each other. They make fun. They tease, they rib. Sometimes they flat-out insult. It’s an everpresent, playful push-and-pull, a friendly competition, a kind of constant one-upping of each other. We see Big Bang doing this all the time… and I see fans getting bent out of shape over it just as often. I struggle to imagine having that conversation above with a couple of women. It just wouldn’t be the same.

Anyway, I’ve gotta go soon and don’t have time to delve into this any further, so… I’m just gonna leave it here. Think about it.

The Biosocial Theory of Emotional and Behavioural Dysregulation

Probably most of us who are diagnosed with BPD often find ourselves wondering “Why do I have so much trouble controlling my emotions and my actions?” Essentially what we’re asking is why we have BPD in the first place, why this disorder works the way it does. And to be honest, no one really knows for sure.  There are a number of theories, and the theory that DBT uses as its basis for treatment is called the Biosocial Theory. 

I’ve referenced it in posts before but never by its name.  As its name suggests, this theory presents two factors having equal weight in causing the development of BPD, and these two factors interact with each other in a particular way that, without this interaction, BPD would not result. Essentially, the two factors reinforce and amplify each other.  As you can probably guess from the name, the two factors in question are a biological factor and a social factor.

1. Firstly, emotional vulnerability has a biological factor.  It’s simply how some of us are born.  We have a genetic predisposition to being emotionally vulnerable.  This means we are more sensitive to emotional stimuli; we can detect subtle emotional information in our environment that others wouldn’t even notice.  This contributing factor to BPD is usually present at a young age, sometimes as young as early elementary school, where some of us (including myself) had a reputation for being more “sensitive” or more emotional than our peers.  But at that point, we did not yet have BPD.

Because people with BPD are more biologically sensitive to emotional stimuli, we experience emotions much more often than others.  Sometimes we experience emotions that hit us with no warning at all, they just come over us and we have to deal with them even though we may have no idea whatsoever what caused this emotional response.

Not only do we biologically experience emotions more frequently than people who don’t have BPD, but we also experience these emotions far more intensely Not only are our emotions more intense, but our emotions hit us faster than other people and they stick around for longer.  These are just biological facts about how we experience emotion.  An average emotion for people who have BPD would be a completely extreme and rare emotion for someone who doesn’t have BPD. This makes it very hard for people who don’t have BPD to understand how we feel and why we might respond in a much different way or in a more extreme way than they were anticipating. 

So the biological element that contributes to the unique form of emotional dysregulation experienced by people that have Borderline Personality Disorder can be summed up with these points:

  • Some people have a biological predisposition to BPD
  • Our biology makes us more emotionally vulnerable than others
  • Because we are more sensitive to emotional stimuli, we can detect subtle emotional information that other people who do not have the same sensitivity can’t
  • Our emotions are more intense as a result of our biology
  • Our biological vulnerability to emotions causes our emotions to have a faster onset and a longer duration
  • Because of our sensitivity to emotional stimuli, we can experience rapid mood swings.

Just as our emotions have a biological basis, the impulsivity that people with BPD experience is also rooted in biology.  Regulating actions and behaviour is typically harder for people who have BPD than it is for people who don’t.  This means we find it very, very hard to restrain ourselves from acting on impulsive urges.  This can get us into trouble and sometimes our behaviour can be completely unpredictable and seem to be very out-of-character.

Because of this biological impairment to regulating impulsivity, it’s also very hard to act effectively–meaning, acting with both long term and short term goals in mind. Our moods (our emotions and how frequently they change) get in the way of our ability to organize any sort of plan that we can follow regarding how we intend to go about achieving our goals.  Sometimes our biological impairment is so extreme that we have no ability to control behaviours that are linked to our moods at all. We just lack the biological ability to self-regulate, both when it comes to emotions and when it comes to impulses.

2. The other factor that influences the development of BPD and causes emotional and behavioural dysregulation is the social factor.

An invalidating social environment can make it just as hard to regulate emotions as the biological predisposition, and when they combine, it almost inevitably results BPD-like emotional dysregulation, and could be the cause of the disorder itself.

An invalidating social environment is one that doesn’t understand or accept your emotions.  It does so in the following ways:

  • It tells you your emotions are invalid, weird, wrong, or bad
  • It ignores your emotional reactions and does nothing to help you or indicate that your distress is worthy of concern and care
  • It says things that belittle you, insult you, and berate you for having strong emotional responses
  • It tries to force you to conform to “normal” emotional responses and makes you feel bad when you can’t do it

Often this manifests as bullying during childhood by your peers, or as emotional and verbal abuse from adults in your life.  A social environment that consistently invalidates your emotional expression is a big problem during crucial developmental years such as adolescence, when you’re trying to learn how to regulate emotions and actions.

A social environment like this can teach you to invalidate yourself, to second guess all of your emotional responses and to feel guilt for having emotions that are “too intense” or “too inappropriate” or “too abnormal.”  This leads to emotional dysregulation because we are constantly trying to force our emotions to conform to a mode of expression that does not come naturally to us due to our biology.

Social environments can cause other regulation problems by reinforcing out-of-control emotions and actions, which will make it hard to get in control and learn different ways of dealing with extremely intense emotions.  Environments may be full of people who command you to change but offer no information or coaching regarding what needs to change or how to go about making that change.  This can make people resentful towards change.

As BPD develops, people in your social environment will most likely lack any sort of education about what’s going on with you psychologically or what to do to help you: they may not understand the intensity and duration of your emotions; they may not understand you don’t yet have any tools to control those intense emotions and the urges that accompany them; they may not know how to validate you or understand why validation is necessary; they may know how to validate you but fear that validation is the equivalent of condoning these intense emotions and the behaviours that accompany them; they may fear if they validate you that you will become more emotional instead of less, etc.

There is a constant transaction between the person and the social environment:

  • biology and the social environment influence the person
  • the person reciprocates and influences their social environment
  • the social environment reciprocates and influences the person 

And so on and so on, reinforcing and amplifying each other until we have a situation that is spiraling towards the destination of a BPD diagnosis.  This is not to blame the person who is in the process of developing BPD–due to biological and social reasons, there’s not much a person can do to avoid developing BPD without early intervention mental health programs, which are few and far between, not to mention financially inaccessible for most people. 

There’s not necessarily something inherently wrong with you for having a biological predisposition to heightened emotions, nor to growing up in an invalidating environment you had no control over that tipped your emotional sensitivity into emotional dysregulation.  Marsha calls people in this situation a “tulip in a rose garden.”

Further Reading: What is BPD?, What Causes BPD (Masterpost), Do I have BPD (Masterpost), What Age Does BPD Develop?, What is BPD Like Between Childhood and Adolescence?, and always check our FAQ for any further questions about BPD

TL;DR: The Biosocial Theory postulates that there are two factors that significantly contribute to the development of BPD.  Some people are naturally genetically predisposed to developing BPD and are inherently more emotionally sensitive which can be expressed in a variety of ways.  The second factor is that some people are just a poor fit with their social environment which invalidates their already atypical emotional expression.  Unfortunately that “poor fit” can exacerbate a possible biological predisposition to BPD that results in the development of the full disorder.  Marsha calls someone in this situation a “tulip in a rose garden.”

-Pandora

I long for the day that transsexualism is no longer regarded as a political “identity” of any kind, and is just treated like other medical conditions. That day literally cannot come soon enough. I am so tired of people acting like it’s okay to treat transsexualism differently from other conditions. And they do, they treat it like it’s not a medical condition in the first place. But if transsexualism is not a medical condition, thus having a biological, tangible basis, what is it? Body modification? Dress-up? Role play? How could it ever be justified without explaining it biologically? I’m tired of the “gender is a social construct” line of thought but I’m also tired of a lot of the people who claim to oppose it. Because gender being innate and unchanging suddenly goes out the window when transsexuals ‘choose’ to identify as the opposite sex. It’s a very stupid thing and I’ve seen it again and again.

Bottom line is this: Gender is innate. For all people on planet Earth. Everyone. It doesn’t matter whether the person’s brain and body match up at all, gender cannot be changed. For anyone. It’s why I think it’s so dumb that trans peopke are suddenly “choosing” to identify as the opposite sex to these people. As if anyone ever chose to identify with the sex they were born as. It’s the same line of thinking that brought us the “being gay is a choice” nonsense. No one chooses their gender, sex, or orientation. I don’t know why that’s hard to understand for some people. I think it’s because these normal people think that trannsexuals are those who “identified” as their birth sex then decided to change it later on. I can’t imagine them seeing it any other way, if they actually think it can be a choice. I also feel like always being associated with LGB it gets lumped in with unrelated ideas. Actually, I feel like being with LGB is the biggest reason it hasn’t been seen as a medical condition.

Honestly, I just want transsexualism to stop being a political thing altogether. It shitty enough to live with the condition, I don’t also need uninformed assholes telling me and people like me that we chose to be like this.

There are only two genders.

Firstly, I will mention that gender is not a social construct, and almost entirely biological and the basis of it is indeed genetics. Gender roles may slightly vary in expression based on social constructions such as culture, but gender roles are ultimately rooted in real, measurable, biological differences between men and women. I’m going to give an example; there are more men than women in STEM fields because men are generally more biologically inclined toward science. There are more women in social and philanthropic fields because women are generally more biologically inclined to them. And I do have evidence on this scientific claim;

One of these points of evidence being that gender is as old as the beginning of the life of species. The sexes are, without being hyperbolic, as old as life itself. Across virtually all species genders are evolutionally designed to fill specific roles and invest in different mechanisms to perpetuate their genes. To pretend that humans are an exception to this is absurd.

My second piece of evidence for this; It is a near, if not all in all, universal feature of world cultures that there are innate differences between genders. All cultures were and often are prone to dividing the subject of labour between men and women; women doing more child rearing and men engaging in hunting and warfare. This can also be derived from the fact that men are biologically stronger in their upper body area, hence more capable of hunting and warfare.

My third piece of evidence is a common one. The disparity in cognitive abilities between men and women (e.g. men are better at 3-d spacial analysis and women are better at picking up social cues) are observed in other primates.

A fourth point can be made revolving around androgens (“male” hormones) and estrogens (“female” hormones) have a lasting effect on the development of the brain. Their effects are not simply transient.

Next, the brains of men and women are visibly and measurably disparate. Among other differences, men have larger brains (even when correcting for body size) and females have more gray matter.

Now, regarding sex changes, because this I’m assuming would be brought up, women preparing for a sex change who are given “male” hormones improve on tests of 3-d rotation (a “male” ability) and get worse on tests of verbal fluency (a “female” ability). Women with higher levels of testosterone exhibit more stereotypically “male” behavior such as increased promiscuity, less inclination to smile, and even a stronger handshake.

A study also examined 25 boys who were born without a penis and then castrated and raised as girls. All of them showed male patterns of play as children and more than half spontaneously declared they were boys. This really is a knot tier to the entire discussion. The study itself.

People born with turners syndrome have one X chromosome and are therefore genetically neutered. However, people with turners syndrome that got their X chromosome from their father (which is biologically designed with female traits) show more stereotypically female behavior. Those who got the chromosome from their mother (which is biologically designed for male behavior) exhibit more stereotypically male behavior.

All these noteworthy pieces of evidence are bound to show that gender is indeed predominantly biological. Now, as for not supporting ‘genderfluid,’ 'agender’ or 'genderfuzz’, people are free to identify as whatever they want, but it doesn’t mean it is biologically correct. So, as far as homosapiens and science intersect, there are, and always will be two identifiable and valid genders

‘woman’ and ‘man’ are not gendered terms, they’re terms that serve the purpose of pointing out biological sex, much like ‘female’ and ‘male’, except they’re used exclusively for adult humans (woman meaning “adult human female” and man meaning “adult human male” google it)

‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’, on the other hand, are actual gendered terms since they’re used to refer to gender roles and expectations imposed by patriarchy (a ‘feminine woman’ being a woman who shaves, uses makeup, wears restrictive clothing, is nurturing and submissive, does all the house chores, knows her ‘place’ and obeys men, etc. misogynist standards that are socially constructed and have no basis in biological reality)

so next time you wanna accuse radfems of using gendered language maybe you should turn your attention to people who use terms like “feminine-presenting” “masculine-aligned” “trans-feminine” “masculine-of-center” etc, and who think that socially constructed western gender roles are the ultimate defining trait of femaleness/womanhood.

Daniel ___ is a clinical social worker, a leader in team-based mental health treatment programs, an advocate for hope and recovery, and the nemesis of stigma and oppression.

As a graduate of ___, he majored in Biological Basis of Behavior and Science, Technology & Society. It was there that he learned about his love for majors with long names and his fascination with the way that historical, biological, psychological, and technological systems influence individuals and entire communities. He eventually went on to pursue his master’s degree in social work at ___ and was a participant in the ___ Project for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in Mental Health.

Prior to the start of his professional career, Daniel was brought to this world in Pennsylvania by his parents, Cambodian refugees who experienced the terror of the Khmer Rouge, and he grew up as part of the sole Asian, Teochew-speaking family in an underserved area of north Philadelphia selling Chinese take-out to a neighborhood with sinking homes. After years of taking part in acts of internalized racial oppression through making conscious and unconscious attempts to live up to the false mythology of the model minority, Daniel discarded the route of popular prestige. He became a social worker to create system-level changes within a framework of anti-racism and recovery while accepting discouraging amounts of money for encouraging the well-being of young adults in underserved communities.

Following his internships in youth development and education programs and a forensic ___ team, Daniel went on to work in a ___ program in Coney Island for the __. After having been a social worker for a little over three years, Daniel was selected to become the current Team Leader and ___ for the agency’s ___ program. He utilizes motivational interviewing along with other evidence-based strategies to foster hope, resilience, and recovery. Because the majority of the ___ participants are employed and/or attending school, he is proud to highlight his team’s success in portraying the importance of reducing the duration ___ and the need for early intervention and coordinated specialty care. He is actively invested in family involvement, trauma-informed approaches, and systematizing collaboration in a multidisciplinary community. He is currently learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to further his clinical skills.

Daniel was also chosen to become one of the leaders of the __’s Confronting Structural Racism ___ initiative and facilitates its ___ People of Color Caucus. Utilizing his interdisciplinary mindset and knowledge of structural oppression, lessons learned from his published research, and his experience as an Asian American who is ambivalently unafraid to bring people to the edge of discomfort, Daniel has been actively building a community to undo racism at his workplace and in the community. He is also an active member of the ___ Asian American Mental Health and serves as a leader in the Professional Development Group’s planning and organizing committee.

His passions in the empowerment of entire populations and limiting the effects of oppression have led to his current goal of developing a broad network of individuals seeking to mentor one another, redefine the meaning of wellness, and create sustainable changes to improve the systems people encounter and occupy.

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So I am participating in an alumni panel discussion and was asked to provide my bio.

my all time favorite argument abt the biological basis of homosexuality is that one where the scientists found a gene that tended to correlate to homosexuality in males and increased fertility in females and hypothesized that the evolutionary advantage to homosexuality is that if you have a lot of kids it’s nice to have a gay brother to help you take care of them

All jokes aside.
The issue of transgendered individuals serving in the military especially in combat roles is an important one and one that should be based on facts and not feelings.

These are the facts:

There is no genetic or biological basis for the belief that one’s gender is fluid. Or that someone can transition from one gender to another.

To contend otherwise is to base your argument on subjective feelings rather than objective fact.

To believe that one is a woman trapped in a mans body or vice verses is symptomatic of a psychological delusion rather than a biological condition.

Transgendered individuals have a suicide rate five times that of the general population.
Attempted suicide is even higher, estimated at over 40% in some reputable studies.

Transgender activists routinely contend that those alarming statistics are based on societal intolerance and oppression of transgendered individuals.

However suicide rates amongst black Americans, another group that is continually portrayed as being victims of intolerance and oppression, shows no statistical variation from that of the general white population.

This is not to argue that transgendered individuals do not suffer from acts of intolerance…………
What the statistics show is that transgendered individuals, suffering as they are from a psychological delusion, are particularly unable to cope with the manifestations of their condition.

Those are the facts.

Now we move into the realms of opinion or conjecture over the issue of transgendered individuals serving in the military.

The military, deals in the cold, hard, environment of cause and effect.
Wrong decisions have lethal and lasting consequences.

The safe, comfortable, self-indulgent society that allows such counter-factual narratives as transgenderism or non-binary identification to exist, is paradoxically secured by the military’s very refusal to put feelings over facts.

The military can only effectively protect a society, even one as stupid as ours is fast becoming, by refusing to allow itself to be co-opted into whatever the latest social-engineering fad currently being embraced by progressives happens to be.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the issue of transgenderism.

Military service, especially in combat roles, requires not just fitness of body but fitness of mind as well.
Those suffering from mental disorders or emotional instability are not only unsuited to the unique stresses of warfare but are an active liability to the cohesion and stability that military units need to not only operate but survive.

The disturbing rate of suicide in transgendered individuals shows that they are uniquely incapable of dealing with their condition in a secure, safe, environment let alone the chaos of an active war theatre.

The suicide rate amongst transgendered is a tragedy but it is a tragedy that should not be compounded by putting the lives of others at risk just so progressive individuals can feel noble and virtuous about themselves.