The Sunday National today presents its “exclusive analysis” under the headline Scotland’s councils: The gender balance of each local authority. But how can that be? If gender is malleable how can there possibly be “gender balance”? Sex balance is achievable. Because sex is binary and immutable. There are two sexes so, to state the obvious, balance is achieved when there is equal representation of each sex. But gender being ductile there must be a potentially infinite number of genders. How might it be possible to define gender balance when, in principle, there are as many genders as there are people? More if we take into account the possibility of an individual changing their gender – perhaps several times.
The whole idea of balance in the make-up of councils and other bodies is nonsensical unless there are fixed categories. The two sexes are fixed categories. This is why The Sunday National’s study uses these categories to measure the degree of balance. It is sex balance, not gender balance.
It is gratifying to see The Sunday National acknowledging that sex is binary and immutable. Good sense prevails. Which won’t please some people.
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