Bill Nye The Science Guy has been the subject of a lot of conversation in last two weeks. His new show on Netflix is taking on the task of making science entertaining for an adult audience. Yet Nye has found himself in some hot water after making a couple of edits to his interpretation of gender to satisfy the demands of political correctness.
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At one point in the not too distant past, Nye treated gender like a binary. And he claimed this was scientific and easy to understand.
In 2017, gender has become a spectrum based on how you feel at that particular moment in time. Gender theorists claim that you can be any of a pantheon of genders, and experience multiple genders over the course of a day. So Bill Nye the Science Guy may not be a guy by the afternoon.
This shift in his thinking has ended up as a meme. Much of Nye’s persona has ended up as a meme in the last few weeks. Those who are critical of his preaching scientific persona claim he’s not even trained as a scientist, but is merely an actor reading prepared lines.
But the gender shift may be the most egregious example. When Netflix edited an episode of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the cut out Nye’s explanation that chromosomes determine one’s gender.
The original episode, called “Probability,” showed a young woman explaining the concept. “See, inside each of our cells there are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or girl,” she said. “See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a boy.”
Now, that segment has been cut entirely.
Words like “boy” and “girl” are loaded terms. They’re both representative of a person’s gender and their sex. While gender is, at least in its common usage, a spectrum constructed by feelings and the persona one outwardly projects, there is still a chromosomal distinction at work.
Scientists are now referring to that by another loaded term: sex. Biologically speaking, one’s chromosomal makeup determines which of these two binary options define unique distinctions in the physical make-up of the human body.
So what place does science have on Bill Nye’s show? It depends. The soft sciences seem to be right at home.