ppauper wrote:Professor’s award revoked after slideshow featuring photos of researchers in swimsuitsThe recipient of a prestigious award in herpetology had the award rescinded last week on the grounds that photographs of female researchers in his acceptance talk were “inappropriate,” with a spokeswoman of the organization that rescinded the award admitting that there were “no formal complaints” related to the presentation.
Richard Vogt, who took part in the discovery that the sex of turtles is determined by the temperature they experience in the egg, gave his acceptance speech for the Distinguished Herpetologist Award at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists last week. Herpetology is the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
As part of his talk, Vogt featured pictures of his researchers handling turtles. In some of the photographs, the researchers, many of whom were women, are wearing bathing suits as they worked in boats and on beaches.
Everyone seems to be missing the big story: "the discovery that the sex of turtles is determined by the temperature they experience in the egg"
It is offensive to suggest that sex is "determined" by such things.
Sea turtles have the same rights as the rest of us to decide for themselves their own sex
People don't decide for themselves. Sex is fully determined by 15 (or more) genes, not just SRY (the gene sitting on the Y chromosome, usually responsible for the development of testis). There can be a person with a male/female phenotype who has XX/XY genotype or a person exhibiting a mixture of male and female characteristics. They make such choices to adjust to the artificial norms people like you impose on them. In a normal world, they would live happily as they are.