The Biden administration has apparently decided to defy science and wholeheartedly embrace Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's "I'm not a biologist" model for answering questions about the gender binary.
In response to inquiries from Fox News in recent days regarding the administration's definition of the word "woman," multiple agencies in the federal government refused to answer despite the fact that, in many cases, the agencies themselves promote official women's rights and women's health initiatives.
Fox News reported on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Federal Bureau of Prisons all declined to answer the seemingly simple request.
Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offered only vague and evasive answers.
The NIH, for example, failed to provide a definition but only referred the outlet to a department webpage about "sex and gender."
On the page, as well as elsewhere on its website, the agency clearly differentiates biologically between males and females and frequently promotes the "inclusion of women" in medical research. Yet even so, the agency refuses to state plainly what it believes a "woman" to be.
Fox noted that the medical research agency characterizes itself as "the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation" and the purveyor of "fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems."
The question, "What is a woman?" was evidently so nuanced and complicated that after two days of insisting that the inquiry would be addressed, HHS ultimately failed to come up with an answer.
At the same time, it had no problem publishing documents on controversial topics such as "Gender-Affirming Care and Young People" and "Gender-Affirming Care Is Trauma-Informed Care." In such documents, the agency outlined appropriate treatments for transgender youth, including "'top' surgery — to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts" and "'bottom' surgery — surgery on genitals or reproductive organs."
In her exchange with Jackson during the judge's Senate confirmation hearings last month, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) stated, "The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about."
At the time, Jackson's embarrassing failure to answer a simple question about humanity caused concern for the future of the judiciary.
Now, it has become evident that Jackson's obfuscation of sex and gender has extended outside the bounds of the judiciary to the whole of the executive branch — and even among agencies tasked with managing the nation's health and scientific endeavors.