“It’s a boy! It’s a girl!”
44% of Americans polled now believe that doctors can be easily mistaken when making that declaration upon the birth of a baby. According to the results of Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday, close to half of people in the U.S. believe a baby’s gender cannot be determined at birth despite the anatomical differences.
Those 44% of survey respondents believe, instead, that people can freely determine their own gender later in life, and that whichever gender they decide they are is what they now are. The poll revealed a fast-growing trend of people becoming unwilling to attach gender to biology.
The poll also revealed how different that mentality is between Democrats and Republicans. While 80% of those who lean toward Republican political views believe that gender is determined by a person’s sex at birth, only 34% of those who lean Democrat feel the same way.
Interestingly enough, the more educated a Democrat is, the more likely they are to believe in gender fluidity. To many conservatives, that’s not surprising considering that professors with liberal views outnumber conservative professors 12 to 1, according to The Washington Times.
White Democrats are also far more likely to believe in gender fluidity than Hispanic or black Democrats. Fewer than half of black Democrats think a person can switch genders at will.
Age is a factor, too. Not surprisingly, the older a person is, the less likely they are to think that gender is merely a “social construct.” On the other hand, just about half of Millennials—regardless of ethnicity or political affiliation—have bought into the idea that people are not particularly born male or female.
What do you think of this? In related news, “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul and his wife sneakily revealed the gender of their upcoming child, essentially assigning a gender to the baby before it’s even been born.