Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Biological women"

I’d never contemplated this compound term until a couple of weeks ago—actually, I’m almost certain I’d never even heard it, let alone seen it in print anywhere—and it’s pestered my brain ever since.

Biological femaleness is a simple enough thing to understand. Before we learn about it formally in school, we come to know at a very early age that there are two basic types of creatures in the world: boys and girls, males and females, each one with its own special equipment. Boys have pee-pees and girls have… private places. Girls grow boobs and boys get boners. Fundamentally different, opposites, and yet they fit together perfectly—magically—to make life happen.