I have a quick addendum to my last post, but I thought I’d just post again, seeing that any update will get lost at the end of that long entry.

My nephew was recently talking to my sister (his aunt) about his new baby brother or sister, still in utero.  When my sister asked him if he thought the new baby was a boy or a girl, he replied, “I don’t know.  You can’t see yet.”

My sister thought, “Oh!”

And then he added, “Babies don’t have any hair!”

I realized that his mistake — cute and laughable — is actually the same as the Smithsonian’s mistake mentioned earlier (below).

He has taken a outward manifestation (long hair/short hair) and mistakingly identified it as the defining factor that separates boys and girls.

The Smithsonian has taken an outward manifestation (art, language) and mistakingly identified it as the defining factor that separates humans from other mammals.

His mistake is cute and pretty harmless, except for that fact that he might call some nice guy “Ma’m” some day, just because the guy happens to have a ponytail.

The Smithsonian’s mistake isn’t so cute and harmless… because they’re not four years old… and their conclusion has far greater repercussions.

It puts their thought process in perspective, doesn’t it?

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