If only it was as simple as XX and XY
IF only it were that simple, but it isn’t and that’s why reader Michael Watts is wrong in asserting that everyone’s biological sex, XY for male and XX for female, is determined at conception, along with “male and female body parts” (Letters, November 9).
In fact many variations occur naturally — one of those inconvenient truths. For a variety of reasons XY can produce female external characteristics and XX can produce a person who looks male, and anywhere in between. Then there are XO, XXY AND XXX.
While our culture tends to ignore the realities and some binary classification difficulties can be surgically covered over at birth, many cultures have ex- plicitly recognised a broader range of difference. Just because ours doesn’t, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
For some people it isn’t straightforward and using a flawed argument to support an unnecessary classification on birth certificates is nonsense.