Nov 5Liked by Peter Boghossian

Great to see support growing for KJK, and for women's rights. Good chat, thanks PB!

Expand full comment

I remember well the original BBC story some 5 years ago:

"A billboard poster bearing the Google definition of the word 'woman' has been removed after it was accused of being part of a transphobic campaign."


Still think that Kelly deserves Time's "Person of the Year" Award -- if not of the decade -- for that line in the sand, for that "writing on the wall" -- in more ways than one.

However, your "adult human female" as the "best definition for 'woman' " is rather moot and seriously problematic. While it might have been the best one "on tap" at the time, and while it certainly got everyone's attention, the fact of the matter is that it conflicts profoundly with the standard biological definitions for the sexes:

"Female: Biologically, the female sex is defined as the adult phenotype that produces [present tense indefinite] the larger gametes in anisogamous systems.

Male: Biologically, the male sex is defined as the adult phenotype that produces [present tense indefinite] the smaller gametes in anisogamous systems."

"Gamete competition, gamete limitation, and the evolution of the two sexes" https://academic.oup.com/molehr/article/20/12/1161/1062990 (see the Glossary)

IF one wants to stand on that definition of yours and IF one wants to accept those biological definitions THEN that means "women" no longer qualify as such once they hit menopause. And IF one rejects those biological definitions THEN one is in the same (leaky) boat as various transactivists and so-called biologists who are peddling folk-biology or the sexes as social categories. See:



Y'all might be further ahead to promote a legal definition for "woman" that isn't joined at the hip with "female". Say:

"adult human typically with XX chromosomes, a vagina, and ovaries of past, present, or future functionality"

Though the "typically" is something a potential pitfall as it opens the door to a question suggesting that transwomen might be "atypical" women.

Expand full comment

I don't know why this is even discussed. Forcing or coercing sex on a child is just wrong. It's criminal. End of discussion

Expand full comment