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The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

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Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex — with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this wise, funny talk, she shares eye-opening lessons from a life spent navigating society's thoughtless expectations, doctors who demanded she get unnecessary surgery — and advocating for herself and the incredible variety that humans come in. (Contains mature content)

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34 Comments on The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

  1. Mindprovement // 6th March 2019 at 4:08 pm // Reply

    One kiss burns around 6 calories.

  2. SILTOR CAME // 6th March 2019 at 4:10 pm // Reply

    Weird flex but okay

  3. Tanvir Ahmed // 6th March 2019 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top.

  4. Torin McCabe // 6th March 2019 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    “Yes AND”. Yes we are a sexually dimorphic species where we need male and female to reproduce AND we also have people born who are different from that binary.
    Yes our culture has evolved to serve the continuing reproduction and generations of our species AND our lives are not just about sex and reproduction. “Yes AND”.

    • Xaro Xhoan Daxos // 6th March 2019 at 4:37 pm // Reply

      Perfect response.

    • chris arnold // 6th March 2019 at 4:39 pm // Reply

      Our life isnt only about sex but yet that’s what most people only have to offer. Take sex out of the equation and most people are nothing on the surface. So are we really moving away from just reproducing and surviving, or have we just became more efficient in providing for ourselves and in the rise we believed us to be moving onward and upward. But yet we really have only stayed in the same place, just our quality of life has improved nothing else.

    • Alexa Musick // 6th March 2019 at 4:41 pm // Reply

      Thank you. I agree. Except that reproductive sex is like 1% of sex for our species and we have already reproduced *without* sex.
      Evolutionary sex reasons died long ago.

  5. she just got the best deal no acne no body hair and no menstruation, also this takes a lot of balls

  6. abhishek jain // 6th March 2019 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    Yes we will join u to educate society.

  7. Hawk's Dirty Hillbilly Adventures Vlogs With Dogs // 6th March 2019 at 4:25 pm // Reply

    kind, generous, friendly, thats things you learn.. your not born with those skills.

    • Xaro Xhoan Daxos // 6th March 2019 at 4:36 pm // Reply

      Yeah, it’s like she’s never even been around actual human children.

    • Much like grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

    • Alexa Musick // 6th March 2019 at 4:48 pm // Reply

      “You’re not born with… skills. ” What? Have you ever interacted with humans? Wtf dude.. Yes people are born with differences that translate into societal normative skills.

  8. Shain Quartz // 6th March 2019 at 4:33 pm // Reply

    Yes, I WILL join you! Let’s Break It Down!!

  9. 1 Million Subscribers Without Any Content // 6th March 2019 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    Kinda disappointing to hear that doctors try to label normality based on society

  10. Very brave of you. I learned something today and I thank you.

  11. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk!

    • Ben Verzijlbergen // 6th March 2019 at 8:04 pm // Reply

      Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Vaibhav Gupta // 6th March 2019 at 8:18 pm // Reply

      Subscribed. Make new videos.

    • prateek_o_ patrick // 6th March 2019 at 8:26 pm // Reply

      hatts of to you, love from india..

    • Great talk! I’m glad to see information about this stuff become more widely known. It must have taken a lot of courage to stand up there and tall about such intimate information about yourself, but if it’s any consolation, I think it really means a lot more when you do so. When non-intersex people speak of these issues it has less of an impact.

      Btw if you’re not used to the internet, don’t worry the dislikes on this video. There is a large group of people that are very hostile to this kind of information. Something about science challenging their folk wisdom really grinds their gears or something, I don’t know.

    • +Truthful Chap great book! I actually just finished it today! Also everyone should watch his Human Behavioural Biology lecture series on YouTube. The classes on sexuality cover the complexities of this topic well.

      Not sure this level of biochemistry is required for this conversation though, even if it is really interesting.

  12. Kaustubh Gupta // 6th March 2019 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    Amazing…
    Changed my perception

  13. Bravo on your bravery and fantastic talk Emily. I challenge every person behind a thumb down to be as brave as you. I predict, they will ALL fail that challenge.

  14. MonkeyspankO // 6th March 2019 at 5:20 pm // Reply

    Good talk, very informative, I’m not afraid to say I learned something new….glad I clicked on it

  15. Kristina Turner // 6th March 2019 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    Wonderful talk by a wonderful human being! Love this!

  16. Marcos Luna // 6th March 2019 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    I really enjoyed this video. I think the title is very misleading and turns people off. What we know is not wrong, we simply dont know everything. There are two sexes and some of us fall in between but most of us don’t. I support research and actually enjoyed this talk even though I thought I wouldn’t (because of the title). Thanks for doing what you do Emily! I hope more attention can be brought towards these kinds of things in a respectful manner.

  17. Hugo Buitendijk // 6th March 2019 at 6:34 pm // Reply

    To come up to talk about these things…she gotta have some balls of steel

  18. If I’m hearing correctly, the main call is for greater tolerance by society of people that do not fit rigid definitions of biology and for doctors to improve their treatments of them. I think that can be accommodated without even getting to the debate about whether society needs to be overhauled more radically. I think there’s calls for “things that need to change” that are incorrectly linked to the valid concerns of intersex people.

  19. Stephanie Phillips // 6th March 2019 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    I love Emily Quinn. Was introduced to her via a coworker and she is a great educator.

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