Letter: Defining women

Posted8/13/2022 1:00 AM

During the recent confirmation hearings of Judge Jackson for the Supreme Court, Sen. Blackburn asked the nominee whether she could define the word "woman." Jackson replied, "I am not a biologist."

This answer has left many people, including biologists, thinking: "this makes no sense." We find that in our society today we find many educated women and men who refuse to define a woman, even though science tells us every cell of our body defines a woman with XX chromosomes and a man with XY chromosomes.


In addition, women's bodies are distinctly different from men's. This inability by some people to define a woman creates some obvious questions: How, then, do we speak of woman's rights or woman's sports if we can't define a woman in the first place?

Larry O'Neill


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