Gender activists want archaeologists to stop identifying the biological sex of human fossils


Throughout history, scientists have discovered and studied human fossils of men and women, identifying them by their biological sex. However, a group of gender activists, driven by a archaeologist, they are asking that they stop being identified in that way.

It was emma palladinoa Canadian archaeologist, who sparked the debate in Twitter a week ago and had to make his account private due to the stir he caused among other experts.

The researcher suggested researchers stop determining the biological sex of human fossils. because “it does not define the gender of a person, that is, it is not possible to know if the deceased identified as a man or a woman”as cited by the Gizmodo website.

Scientists identify the biological sex of human remains by the anatomy of the bones, which allows to identify if a person was born with female or male genital organs.

A pulse between experts

For Palladino, assigning a gender based on physical characteristics ends up “making that person unfeasible” and the method “is not part of the final objective of any investigation”.

For its part, the Trans Doe Task Force, made up of gender activists, believes that “Current forensic human identification standards disadvantage people who do not clearly fit the gender binary”.

This group suggests that other contextual clues be considered to identify remains, such as clothing, which could determine whether or not it was “culturally compatible with a different gender than the one assigned.”

Against these ideas is the archaeologist Elizabeth Weiss, who told The Fix that applying biological sex to human remains often helps dispel myths harmful to women.

Some ancient anthropologists sometimes confused robust female skeletons with male skeletons, particularly in the Aleut and Inuit collections; this reinforced false stereotypes that women were not as hard-working as men”, he explained.

For the scientist failing to determine the biological sex of fossils would be a setback for science and women.

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