Here’s another video of Bill Nye peddling social justice ideology as science:
At about 30 seconds into the video, he tells his audience that we” used to think” there were only two settings – male and female. Yeah, just like there are two gametes – sperm and egg.
But at 1:25, he claims that biologically, not everybody fits into the categories of male or female. He then misleadingly insists that by “everybody,” he means every living thing and then cites clown fish as having the ability to change their sex. Since we are supposed to be talking about human sexuality, it is misleading to cite another species that is not relevant to human sexuality. Besides, clown fish show the same two settings – male and female. They are all born male and live in small communities where the dominant fish is a female. When she dies, one of the males changes to female to become the new dominant member.
Nye then steps on his own message by acknowledging there are sex chromosome abnormalities in 1 out of 400 pregnancies. Yes, sex chromosome abnormalities. That is, such conditions are not part of some spectrum of normality. They exist as abnormalities because of something that went wrong during meiosis, where the sex chromosomes failed to separate (nondisjunction) during anaphase 1 or 2 of the developing gametes.
A crystal clear example of his use of propaganda comes from the “abacus of sex.” At about 2 minutes, his helper arranges the abacus of sex to illustrate the supposed spectrum. And what does the audience see? What do you see?
Four balls for male, four balls for female, and 3 balls for something in between.
Do the percentages. According to Nye, 36% of us are male, another 36% female, and 27% are somewhere in between.
Really? Does that sound like the empirical reality you experience?
Once again, science does not support what Bill Nye’s abacus is selling. According to this study, sex chromosome abnormalities account for 1 in 448 births. Nye also wants to add in disorders of sex development, but we can effectively cancel those out by noting that the abnormal chromosomal XXX states are clearly female and XYY states are clearly male. I would also argue that XXY is male and XO is female, but let’s be generous to Nye and allow him these examples.
So 1 in 448 births translates as 0.2%. According to science, this would mean that 49.9% of us are male, another 49.9% female, and 0.2% are somewhere in between.
If Nye’s “abacus of sex” was truly scientific, it would have about 1,344 balls on it. You would have 670 assigned to make, another 670 assigned to female, and about 3 or 4 in between.
In other words, if his abacus of sex was scientific, it wouldn’t be much help to him when it came to peddling social justice ideology as science.