While there are many who believe that gender is a vast, seemingly never-ending spectrum, others are standing firm in the belief that it’s binary.
Vivek Ramaswamy, 2024 presidential candidate for the Republican Party, is one of them.
He made this clear in a recent appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd.
“Are you confident that you know that gender is as binary as you’re describing it? Are you confident that it isn’t a spectrum?” Todd asks Vivek.
Todd continues to interrupt Vivek who tries to get his science-based response out while Todd adds, “There’s a lot of scientific research out there that says gender is a spectrum.”
“Chuck, I respectfully disagree. Gender dysphoria, for most of our history, all the way through the DSM-5 has been characterized as a mental health disorder, and I don’t think it’s compassionate to affirm that. I think that’s cruelty,” Vivek finally gets out.
“When a kid is crying out for help, what they’re asking for is, you gotta ask the question of ‘what else is going wrong at home?’ ‘What else is going wrong at school?’” Vivek continues.
“Let’s be compassionate and get to the heart of that rather than playing this game as though we’re actually changing our medical understanding for the last time,” Ramaswamy said.
Dave Rubin thinks Vivek handled Todd with excellence.
“Vivek did a nice job using trademark science,” Rubin says.
“I like giving the devil his due and when you do good work and you confront these guys and call them out on their nonsense,” Rubin says.
“That was a nice job of just clean, clear explanation by Vivek.”
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