“Stuff I Supposed After Meeting Some People in a Gay Bar”*

Posted by – August 22, 2007

* quote by Mara Keisling, when providing an alternative description of what Bailey’s book could be described as instead of as “science.”

This NPR show out of the Bay Area about the whole Bailey controversy is good listening. Joan Roughgarden (author of Evolution’s Rainbow), Mara Keisling (executive director of NCTE), Alice Dreger (author of Hermaphrodites & The Medical Invention of Sex) & Bailey himself.

& A challenging phone call from Ben Barres, who I love & who does not let Bailey not answer a direct question (with textual backup from Roughgarden), specifically, whether or not Bailey feels trans people are suited to prostitution.

The only thing that no-one said that someone should have said is that Bailey now has a history & a record of turning (at best) weak science into “controversy,” such as with the bisexuality studies that came out a couple of years ago.

I’m upset by the idea of how or if Dreger’s status as a woman – not just as an academic or intersex educator – is coming into play here. That is, is a man not sexist because a woman says he isn’t? (I don’t think so, but I think that’s coloring her defense of Bailey.)

1 Comment on “Stuff I Supposed After Meeting Some People in a Gay Bar”*

  1. VivaZoya says:

    Now , I thought Ben Barres line of questioning came off as aggressively manipulative, and it pissed me off. Just my gut reaction, which confuses the hell out of me! Maybe it reminded me too much of my asshole ex-husband… And I do agree that Bailey has weak arguments in his book.

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