I have discovered a new illness. It's possibly the illness with the narrowest—you might, if you believed in intelligent design, call it targeted—effect ever seen in a disease affecting human beings.
For starters, it only effects women.
Secondly, it only effects them in very specific circumstances.
It's called "oestrogen vibe," and it causes women to be less inclined to argue, but only if the subject under discussion is atheism.
I'm sorry ladies, but it's true. Sam Harris told me so, and who am I to argue with a Great Atheist Thinky-Leader?
Now, I'm not sure where, or how, trans* people fit into this argument, but women are—as will be attested by anyone who's ever bothered to listen to any—perfectly able to argue about where to go on holiday, the origin of life, who had the car-keys last, whether David Cameron is a clueless lackwhit or an evil, backstabbing bastard, whether it's their round or not, and a host of other things. They can even—as has been empirically shown—argue with Sam Harris about whether his diagnosis is correct or not.
But on the topic of atheism, ladies, you are dumbstruck; unable to argue; muted by your nurturing, oestrogen-soaked ladybrains. I know it is true, for I have been told that it's true. And who am I, an atheist and a sceptic, to argue against an argument pulled from the arse of an authority?
P.S: Memo to self: find out if this strange, narrow affliction also stops religious women from arguing about the existence of gods, church/state separation and all that jazz, or if it only affects non-believing women. If the latter, well… could the esteemed 'Arris have set us on the trail of a genetic cause for belief in gods or lack thereof?
[Source of "ladybrain" image. (Okay; it's a cauliflower.)]
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