If you needed more evidence that we live in one of the dumbest eras, peruse this news item from the Daily Mail:
In a scientific first, researchers claim to have found that differences between men’s and women’s brains start in the womb. The conclusion is likely to be controversial, with some experts claiming social influences are more important.
But scientists who did brain scans of 118 foetuses in the second half of pregnancy to analyse the links between gender and the connectivity of a developing brain believe the differences are biological.
Professor Moriah Thomason, from New York University Langone, said one of the main differences was in connectivity across distant areas of the brain.
According to the US study, published in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, female brains growing in the uterus produced ‘long-range’ networks.
First of all, the fact that the so-called discovery that men and women are different is a big news item indicates just how far from obvious reality we have drifted in the past decade or so. And secondly, the fact that the journalist covering the story felt it was necessary to add that this “conclusion is likely to be controversial” would be humorous if we weren’t all expected to believe this nonsense.
On that note, a British rapper pulled a hilarious stunt earlier this month to prove just how stupid it is to allow biological men identifying as women compete in women’s sports. Also from the Daily Mail:
Rapper and Oxford graduate Zuby, stoked the flames of a burning debate when he took to Twitter to demonstrate that male athletes shouldn’t compete alongside women. The Southampton native posted a series of videos of himself in a gym apparently ‘destroying’ various female weight-lifting records.
But he did so whilst ‘identifying as a female’ as a tongue in cheek response to the issue around biologically male athletes taking part in female competition. The 32-year-old claimed to have broke the women’s dead-lift record of 238kg ‘without even trying’.
‘I keep hearing about how biological men don’t have any physical strength advantage over women in 2019… So watch me DESTROY the British Women’s deadlift record without trying.
‘P.S. I identified as a woman whilst lifting the weight. Don’t be a bigot,’ he tweeted accompanied by a laughing face emoji.
The rapper’s tweet blew up, amassing nearly 1 millions views, owing to the ongoing debate of the participation of transgender athletes in sport…Zuby, who describes himself as a ‘recreational lifter’, told The Times that the video ‘struck a nerve’.
He said: ‘It was done in a humorous way, but it made it more real: it showed the fallacies of the arguments on the other side. I have seen people saying there is no inherent biological strength difference between men and women. I posted it being a bit tongue-in-cheek, showing what I think is the obvious absurdity of their argument.’
Following up his initial tweet in which he took on the dead-lift he decided to take on two more records.
‘I’ll take the squat and bench press records too while I’m at it… May as well. To fight bigotry,’ he said.
He was praised widely and said himself that ‘98%’ of the feedback was positive.
Trans activists were understandably outraged by the stunt. Check it out:
I keep hearing about how biological men don't have any physical strength advantage over women in 2019…
So watch me DESTROY the British Women's deadlift record without trying.
P.S. I identified as a woman whilst lifting the weight. Don't be a bigot. 😂 pic.twitter.com/dYRraHCB42
— ZUBY: (in Nashville) (@ZubyMusic) February 26, 2019