Biological sex is a spectrum & many people are not happy about it

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You know how people who deny the existence of more than two sexes or genders often claim to just care about the science when they spew their hateful and ignorant BS? It’d be extremely easy to prove them wrong on both counts if they’d actually be willing to listen to scientists. They aren’t though.

This SciShow video explaining that there are in fact more than two sexes for example got hundreds of dislikes on YouTube only 6 minutes after being published. The video is over 13 minutes long…

Pantomime

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In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more… Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age.

Pantomime  by Laura Lam starts as the tale of two apparently unlinked young people: the young would-be trapeze artist Micah Grey, and the noblewoman who calls herself Gene who’s about to be married off, should her parents get their way.

These boy-girl dual storylines are increasingly common in YA so I assumed something along the lines of a love story, albeit an unusual one. But Laura Lam weaves her first surprise of many into the opening chapters, and we realise that Micah and Gene are the same person.

Micah is intersex, and this was exceptionally well demonstrated throughout the novel. The alternating stories got closer and closer to each other as the narrative continued. It also felt very natural to me: the fact that Micah is intersex didn’t stick out to me, and although it was obvious from things he said, it didn’t feel forced by the author.

Instead, Micah’s character simply unfolded: rather than seeming like Laura Lam just fancied writing about an intersex character, Pantomime had the rare yet wonderful concept of a protagonist that has been discovered instead of being created. As someone who is cisgender, it still felt extremely relatable, which can sometimes put people off reading queer books but needn’t do so.

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