Biology Teacher Expertly Smacks Down Transphobe Who Went There With ‘Science’

Biology Teacher Expertly Smacks Down Transphobe Who Went There With ‘Science’

Listen up, transphobes – this is Biology 101.

An American biology teacher responded perfectly to a viral transphobic meme. The meme, posted below, labeled transgender people as having a ‘psychological disorder’.meme-300x194

Grace Pokela teaches biology at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York and identifies as gay. When she saw the meme, she put her biology knowledge into practice and wrote a response on Facebook.

Check on it below:

“First of all, in a sexual species, you can have females be XX and males be X (insects), you can have females be ZW and males be ZZ (birds), you can have females be females because they developed in a warm environment and males be males because they developed in a cool environment (reptiles), you can have females be females because they lost a penis sword fighting contest (some flatworms), you can have males be males because they were born female, but changed sexes because the only male in their group died (parrotfish and clownfish), you can have males look and act like females because they are trying to get close enough to actual females to mate with them (cuttlefish, bluegills, others), or you can be one of thousands of sexes (slime mold, some mushrooms.)

“Oh, did you mean humans? Oh ok then.

“You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but you are insensitive to androgens, and so you have a female body. You can be female because you have an X and a Y chromosome but your Y is missing the SRY gene, and so you have a female body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but one of your X’s HAS an SRY gene, and so you have a male body. You can be male because you have two X chromosomes- but also a Y. You can be female because you have only one X chromosome at all. And you can be male because you have two X chromosomes, but your heart and brain are male. And vice – effing – versa.

“Don’t use science to justify your bigotry. The world is way too weird for that shit.”

The post has gone viral, with over 21,000 shares and the same amount of likes.

Pekola told the Huffington Post: “The fact that a group of people would deny evolution, deny global warming, and deny basic principles of ecology, but then turn around and use science to support their bigotry… was something I found repellent.’

She hopes the post will empower transgender people.

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9 Comments

  1. Colossus
    March 06, 08:06 Reply

    Oh this is one smack down for the ages, Very well put.
    Erm, where is the meme? Didn’t see it.

  2. Dimkpa
    March 06, 08:40 Reply

    “You can be male because you were born female, but you have 5-alphareductase deficiency and so you grew a penis at age 12.”

    Just to point out that the above statement is wrong. The condition affects genetic males making them tend towards a female appearance.

    Otherwise, perfect example of how to win an argument.

  3. peaches
    March 06, 08:41 Reply

    my chest. “oh, did you mean humans?, okay then and the closing statement killed me. it drove the nail right into the wood!. really, good response.

  4. Delle
    March 06, 09:33 Reply

    Copying, saving, sharing, pasting! Good one. ???

  5. OJ
    March 06, 14:59 Reply

    Has anyone read CONUNDRUM by Jan Morris??? Now I’m thinking one of these might apply…

  6. OJ
    March 06, 15:16 Reply

    “Nobody really knows why some
    children, boys and girls, discover
    in themselves the inexpungeable
    belief that, despite all the physical
    evidence, they are really of the
    opposite sex. It happens at a very
    early age. Often there are signs of
    it when the child is still a baby,
    and it is generally profoundly
    ingrained, as it was with me, by
    the fourth or fifth year. Some
    theorists suppose the child to be
    born with it: perhaps there are
    undiscovered constitutional or
    genetic factors, or perhaps, as
    American scientists have lately
    suggested, the fetus has been
    affected by misdirected hormones
    during pregnancy. Many more
    believe it to be solely the result of
    early environment: too close an
    identification with one or the
    other parent, a dominant mother
    or father, an infancy too
    effeminate or too tomboyish.
    Others again think the cause to be
    partly constitutional, partly
    environmental — nobody is born
    entirely male or entirely female,
    and some children may be more
    susceptible than others to what
    the psychologists call the
    “imprint” of circumstance.”

    Jan Morris (1975)

  7. UC TheMisfit
    March 07, 10:21 Reply

    Epic!

    I’m glad I really listened in biology class back then, and my biology teacher didn’t fail to mention the presence of X and Y chromosome was not always clear cut. So this epic reply was very easy to understand!

    ???

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