BoneID.net and 31 Genders

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BoneID is a visual guide for forensic anthropologists, law enforcement, naturalists, and the simply curious. This site’s extensive and easy-to-use database will help you identify bones from many common species regardless of your academic training.”

The need for an online osteological database became apparent due to the overwhelming amount of faunal material– mistaken to be of human origin– brought into the coroner’s office for our identification. This resulted in unnecessary time spent writing case reports and wasted legwork for death investigators who had to retrieve the material from in the field. Since BoneID was created, our community Facebook page became inundated with people from around the globe who seek to have skeletal material properly identified.

Todays Guest:

Ella Butler is an assistant to the forensic anthropologist, Dr. Suzanne Abel, of the Charleston County Coroner’s Office. She has a BA in Archaeology and History and  is applying to Masters programs in Forensic Anthropology; however, she has been Dr. Abel’s  casework assistant for over 4 years.  Ella makes it her goal to spread awareness that BoneID exists as a resource. Dr. Abel began the BoneID project in 2012 with the intention of publishing a field manual for faunal vs human skeletal material. Since she began assisting Dr. Abel on the project, it became clear there is an overwhelming amount of people online who desire help identifying skeletal material. In her academic career, she plans to strengthen BoneID’s database and increase its potential to aid in death investigatory work.

www.boneid.net


 31 Genders

As if it were not hard enough to do our job and stay within the ever-changing social and legal parameters of our task. Now New York has agreed to allow 31 different Gender Identities.  Its like Baskins Robbins.
31 Different Genders in New York City. Get it wrong and you could face a $250k fine. Here is a short list. This is getting silly! Social and/or mental identity DOES NOT change the biological fact of male or female……period.

Following from New York Commission on Human Rights:

Someone who identifies as “genderqueer,” for example, is a “person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders.”

A “gender bender” is someone “who bends, changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together.”

Similarly, someone who is “gender fluid” is a person “whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.”

If someone self-identifies as “androgynous,” it means they are “appearing and/or identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a gender either mixed or neutral.”

“Two spirit” individuals are Native Americans “who have attributes of both men and women, have distinct gender and social roles in their tribes, and are often involved with mystical rituals (shamans).”

If someone is “pangender,” their “gender identity is comprised of all or many gender expressions.”

 My thoughts
To hear my thoughts on the topic listen to the podcast.

 

 

 

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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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