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Sex Matters

  by Mona Charen

(about 330 pages)
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We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

designation recorded on an infant’s birth certificate should such a record be provided at birth. Transgender describes those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. A transgender male is someone who identifies as male but was assigned the sex of female at birth; a transgender female is someone who identifies as female but was assigned the sex of male at birth. Is it true? As we’ve already seen, there is convincing evidence that male and female brains are innately different. The differences in brain organization are no longer in doubt (though there is debate over how much behavior the observed differences affect). Turner syndrome, CAH, and possibly autism point to the likelihood that hormonal malfunctions or differentials affect the masculinity/femininity of the brain. This leaves us open to the possibility that some biological females may have more masculine brains, and some biological males more feminine brains, but it does not support the proposition that male and female identities are subjective, fluid things. The recklessness with which our society is embracing gender identity is troubling when the evidence is so scanty, the stakes are so high, and the chances that children could be harmed so troubling. Gender identity is not even being proffered as a hypothesis—as is, for instance, the theory that vaccines cause autism, which was subject to being disproved (and has been). Instead, gender identity is asserted as fact, and doubts are treated as prejudice or bad faith. We are animal studies shed light on the role that genes and hormones play in behavior. Experiments on rhesus monkeys and other animals have shown that if a female fetus receives a dose of testosterone while the brain is at a key phase of development, the adult that results will not display the usual female interest in infants. She will also be more inclined to mount other monkeys, engage in rough-and-tumble play, and display other behaviors usually observed in males. Experiments with rats found that the presence or absence of testosterone at crucial developmental phases will determine if an adult rat’s brain adopts female or male structures and if the adult animal displays male or female behavior patterns. Examples of intriguing similarities in other animals are legion. Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta found that young male monkeys preferred toy dump trucks and wheeled vehicles to plush dolls. Females played with both kinds of toys. Other studies of monkeys have found even more pronounced gender selection (or, if you like, stereotypes) in the choice of toys. Is this socially constructed? Are they behaving differently because we “expect them to”? Some caution about comparisons to animals is always in order. No animals write sonnets or build rockets, yet some commonalities are notable. Leonard Sax itemizes some of these: “Wherever you look among the primates, you’ll find that young females show much more interest than young males do in taking care of babies. That’s certainly true of baboons, rhesus monkeys

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Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 1647.70 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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