People became slotted

Oh really? What historians?

That’s an ambiguous, not to say sneaky, thing to say. Even if there are some historians who talk about a “two-sex model,” it’s absurd to claim that all historians do as a matter of course – it’s absurd to treat it as universally accepted professional jargon.

It’s actually one Thomas Laqueur, who made the claim in a book titled Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud, in 1990. Some people were impressed, others were not. SciAm is being deceptive at best in saying “historians” say it, implying all of them do.

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