Is Reality Optional?


Gender Sex Identity Biology
Is Reality Optional?

USA – -( Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as “Your Majesty”? You say, “Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such nonsense.”

You're wrong. It's proved by my declaration. It's no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that he is a woman. The XY sex-determination system is the sex determination system found in humans and most other mammals. Females typically have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX) and are called the homogametic sex. Males typically have two different kinds of sex chromosomes (XY) and are called the heterogametic sex.

Governments are beginning to ignore biology and permit people to make their sex optional.

Sex can be changed on one's birth certificate, passport, Social Security card, and driver's license. In New York, intentional or repeated refusal to use an individual's preferred name, pronoun or title is a violation of the New York City Human Rights Law. If a person born with XY chromosomes asserts that he is a woman, then repeatedly addressing the person by the name on his birth certificate, referring to the person as “him” or addressing him as “Mister” violates the law and subjects the villain to heavy penalties. The law requires acknowledgment that sex is optional rather than a biological determination.

Do the people who support the optionality of sex also support the optionality of age? My birth certificate shows 1936 as my year of birth. Age cutoffs exclude me from many jobs, such as police officer, service member and firefighter. If one can change his sex on his birth certificate according to how he feels, why not his age? I think I'll petition to change my year of birth to 1972.
Super Bowl LIII made history. For the first time, there were two male dancers working out with a cheerleading squad — in this case, with the Los Angeles Rams' squad. Men being on the field with female squads is not new. They've helped the women with stunts. But Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies danced with the female cheerleaders and performed all the same moves. It's nice to see cheerleader barriers fall, but there's another form of rampant cheerleader discrimination that needs to be addressed. I don't think I've ever seen a full-figured older female cheerleader for any professional sports team. Most appear to be younger than 30 and don't look as if they weigh more than 120 pounds.

There are other forms of discrimination in sports. There's a sensible argument that can be made for segregating sexes in football, boxing, basketball and ice hockey. Men are typically stronger and bigger than women, so integrating sports such as football, boxing, basketball and ice hockey would lead to disproportionate injury and possibly death to women. But what about sports in which there's no contact, such as tennis, bowling, billiards, and swimming? Why should there be men's teams and women's teams?

Why aren't feminists protesting against this kind of sports segregation? After all, feminists have ignored the huge strength, aggressiveness and competitiveness differences between men and women in their demands that women be assigned to military combat units.

Refusing to acknowledge chromosomal differences and giving people the right to declare their sex can lead to opportunities heretofore nonexistent. For example, the men's fastest 100-meter speed is 9.58 seconds. The women's record is 10.49 seconds. What if a male sprinter with 10-second speed claimed womanhood, ran in the women's event and won the gold? A lower bar to achieving fame and fortune exists in women's basketball. It would take only a few tall men who claim they are women to dominate the game.

Suppose a college honored the right of its students to free themselves from biological determinism and allowed those with XY chromosomes to play on teams formerly designated as XX teams. What if an “unenlightened” women's basketball team refused to play against a team with a starting five consisting of 6-foot-6-inch, 200-plus-pound XYers? The NCAA should have a rule stating that refusal to play a mixed-chromosome team leads to forfeiture of the game. It's no different from a team of white players refusing to play another because it has black players.

Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 34 thoughts on “Is Reality Optional?

    1. Holy cow! That’s just too much common sense for my brain to disseminate right now. Just when I’m beginning to grasp the “facts” that my masculinity is toxic, that we should use gender neutral pronouns, and socialism is our way to prosperity as a disembordered nation you go and mess me up. Thanks a lot, Dr. Williams!

    2. Over many decades Walter’s wit and wisdom have enlightened readers and students. His willingness to be an independent thinker, backing up his arguments with reason sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek humor, is refreshing in an atmosphere in which emotion dominates discourse.
      As for whether XX or XY can be other than what they were born to be, nature as well as God who created all give us the simple answer: you are what you were born as rather than no matter how deep your illogical emotional arguments run. Lie to yourself if that makes you happy; it doesn’t change deep down biological fact.

    3. jesus I did not think if I wrote an opinion on something that I would have the grammer olice picking apart the point I was trying to make .I guess the 2 wars and 28 years in the military I served din not count for anything .Christ some of you people need to get a real life

          1. @Wild Bill Uh? I uh, But I forgot, I have Shell Shock from my covert mission with SEAL Team 6 back in Vietnam. That’s after I went to Marine Corps boot camp at Ft Benning, GA and became a Sargent Colonel with the Green Beret SOCOM Special Mountain Forces.

            In REALITY WORLD? I have NEVER IN MY LIFE, EVER heard a combat Vet toss their deployments into the mix on social media unless discussing issues between brothers/sisters.

    4. Dr. Williams it is always a pleasure to read your articles. This one kind of brings the crazies out of the closet. If you are born with a penis your are a male. If you are born with the ability to have babies you are a female. What is so hard about understanding that. If you think you like boys better than girls and you are a boy, or visa versa then you need a head dr. or a cliff to jump off of.

    5. Walter, what you speak of regarding contact and no-contact sports has already happened and at pretty high levels. There have been XX wrestlers, XY runners, XY tennis players, etc.. all playing on the opposite teams.
      My solution is to make a third division. One for XY men, One for XX women and one optional, free choice. Of course, all the expense and accommodations for every division must be the same. Then let the free market decide if the sport should continue.

    6. I’m waiting for a serial killer to be missed because the DNA evidence says male and the ID says female.

    7. And what about Title 9 that requires Colleges to spend as much money on “women’s” athletics ans it does on “mens” athletics? If those “starting five consisting of 6-foot-6-inch, 200-plus-pound XYers” won the NCAA womens championship, would the school be in, or out of compliance?

    8. So if someone Changes there sex because of there inner feelings ,They are doing wrong ? . I agree that the casual changing of your gender has gotten out of control .But you still have to see a psychologist for at least a year ,you have to live as the other gender for at least a year .It is not a simple thing to just go into a doctors office and say I feel like I want to be a different gender today . There is more to a Human than just there chromosomes . Every day you are interacting with those that have made the change to another gender. Those people are never noticed because they just blend in to there new gender and go on about there lives .It is the flamboyant idiots that cause problems for everyone .

      1. A fully transitioned man is not a woman. He is a man with a mutilated penis. Fine for you if that’s what you want, but I don’t want to pay for it, and I don’t want to be required to like it.

      2. Yes, Roberta…

        There is indeed more to a (whole) Human than just chromosomes. And there may be psychological differences between individuals of like gender. But there is NOT more to the specific biological gender (sex) of a human than their chromosomes.

      3. @Roberta, Your first error riddled question is correct. Everything that you have written after that still error riddled and crap.


      1. They are used interchangably, even though they are not interchangable. For instance, in NY your drivers license says “Sex” specifically, although you can have this changed with a doctor’s note, based totally on subjective criteria.

      2. The words gender and sex have been hijacked by the left for the purpose of re-definition. As has Marriage, rifle, gun safety, common sense, gun control, illegal alien, baby, women’s health, etc… If left unchecked and undefended, we will soon be saying the sky is green or something and a chair isn’t a chair. Under force of law.

      3. I’m old enough to remember when gender was a linguistic thing, an attribute of pronouns and nouns in many languages (e.g., French, German, Spanish), but not of people. Sex was an attribute of people. And there were only two, with few exceptions. The exceptions (e.g., hermaphrodites) were considered birth defects. And we could all, even the hermaphrodites, tell what we were by looking at our crotches.

    9. Interesting piece. I am afraid though, you may be right. (No pun intended). I am afraid some of these folks may have buyer’s remorse once they get what they think they want. I have had a similar thought around hiring employees. When, at such point that there are too many EEOC attributes to consider I would ask myself, “How shall I choose a new employee?” Without committing some offense against say, those with purple hair, deep voice, or grey shoes. They say they want all people to be equal, I think however, they are moving toward all people being the same. That, will not go well.
      I am rereading Orwell’s 1984 right now. It is spooky. Scarier than when I read it ages ago in junior high.

      1. I love it when people bring up Orwell’s 1984, To we older folks it’s science fiction/political forecasting…. to “the kids” it’s ….HISTORY!

      2. Reality is, all people are not equal. Women are not men and men are not women. This sounds like Core math where 2 + 2 = 5.
        How many women have deadlifted more than 1000 lbs. In what universe will women be able to.
        Distorting reality is part of the left’s plan to destroy America. Communists have and will continue using this tactic as it eradicates the family. It’s part of the agenda.
        I don’t care how many years you spend with a psycho psychiatrist. Unless surgery happens, every time look at your crotch it will tell you which one you are. The mind has NOTHING to do with that determination.
        Stupid is as stupid does!

    10. You just knocked another grand slam Mr.Williams! Common sense in our uncommon world…I hope that this never happens in the chicken population…have a blessed day!!

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