Panel Supporting Use of Biological Sex in Research Canceled by American Anthropological Association

Evan Poellinger | October 4, 2023
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A panel of five anthropologists that was scheduled to present at the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) annual meeting was canceled because the anthropologists advocate the biologically-accurate view of sex as binary.

The panel, which would have focused on skeletal identification, declares identification of skeletons by sex “one of the most fundamental components in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.” The AAA has also announced that it will take additional measures to ensure similar panels are not held in the future.

In a letter announcing and explaining their decision, the AAA states that the decision was made “at the request of numerous members'' of the organization and that the panel’s “ideas were advanced in such a way as to cause harm to members represented by the trans and LGBTQI of the anthropological community as well as the community at large.” The AAA also claimed that, regarding those who disagreed with their decision, “[W]e would hope they know their voice was heard and was very much a part of the conversation.”

Elizabeth Weiss, an anthropologist who was to be one of the panelists, observed in an interview with Fox News that “just as we are getting better and better at identifying what is male and what is a female and the skeletal record, we are getting more and more attacked for knowing how to do this.” Weiss added that, under the new anthropological schema propagated by the AAA, “truth is not necessarily considered an objective goal.”

In a further twist of irony, the letter from AAA cited its interest in maintaining “scientific integrity” in its programs as one of the justifications for canceling the panel. Yet, in disavowing actual science in favor of left-wing gender ideology, it would seem that the AAA has no integrity to speak of.