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Published: Monday, July 22 2013 5:15 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

It appears liberals are suggesting society stop using or acknowledging the entire concept of male or female.

They would have male and female struck from all dictionaries and stop the use of them

If that is not the case, I ask what is their definition of a male and what is the definition of a female?

And remember, it can't be "whatever your mind tells you"

If my mind tells me I am dinosaur, it does not make it true

If my mind tells me I am 5 year old girl, it does not make it true.

So what is the definition of male and female?

Or should societies worldwide stop using such terms entirely and permanently?

PhotoSponge
nampa, ID

ENGLAND! What is wrong with you? You have totally lost it.....!

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

@Chris B --

"It appears liberals are suggesting society stop using or acknowledging the entire concept of male or female."

Actually, no.

IMHO it would be more sensible for the UK to simply say "spouse" and "spouse", but -- whatever. Broadening **legal** definitions for "husband" and "wife" isn't the end of the world.

"They would have male and female struck from all dictionaries and stop the use of them "

That's just silly, Chris. "Male" and "female" are biological terms. "Husband" and "wife" are legal/social terms. Entirely different things.

"I ask what is their definition of a male and what is the definition of a female?"

This is actually a more complicated question than you might realize.

What are YOUR definitions for male and female? Please be specific.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@ Chris B: Male and female have different definitions depending on what you are talking about. At their most basic biological level, male refers to plants or animals that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs; female refers to plants or animals that, once fertilized, produce seeds or bear young.

But then what would you call those who lack those capabilities by birth or choice?

If you are talking about gender, that is a different issue. From a 2005 press-release from AAAS: ""The biology of gender is far more complicated than XX or XY chromosomes and may rely more on the brain's very early development than we ever imagined," researcher Eric Vilain, M.D., reported [February, 2005] at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. ... "We simply don't know enough yet about gender to be making ... legal assumptions.""

"Another AAAS speaker, William G. Reiner, M.D., agreed. "The most important sex organ is the brain,"...."

""Differences of gene expression between male and female brains, very early on, suggest that our brains may be hard-wired at a very early stage to become male or female," according to Vilain."

Bob K
porland, OR

How do we get from an article that describes wording in a British law, chosen for some unknown reason, to "It appears liberals are suggesting society stop using or acknowledging the entire concept of male or female." (followed by far fetched examples)?
For me, the issue is that the DN published the report, without any good explanation of the reasoning of the Parliament. I cannot think of a purpose for the article, other than sensationalism that was bound to get such comments.

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