In the video, Tyson said that people should think about gender as a ‘spectrum’ because sometimes people feel more female than male and sometimes they put on makeup in the morning and sometimes they don’t.
‘Tomorrow I might feel 80 percent male. I’ll remove the makeup, and I’ll wear a muscle shirt,’ Tyson said.
‘Apparently the XX/XY chromosomes are insufficient, because when we wake up in the morning we exaggerate whatever feature we want to portray the gender of our choice,’ he continued.
Cole, 19, who actively opposes gender-affirming care for minors after transitioning herself, called out Tyson for comparing biology to makeup in a video she posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
‘I watched @neiltyson flail around trying to describe gender as a spectrum and decided to refute some of his points in a short video,’ she captioned the clip.
‘How about we stop confusing basic human biology with cosmetics,’ Cole said in the video.’
‘Like what a weird jump. I don’t wear makeup most days. If I leave the house without makeup on, does that make me like 70 percent male?’ she added.
‘You’re using 1950s gender stereotypes for an ideology that leads to the sterilization and mastectomies of 15-year-old girls who just don’t fit in, girls like me,’ she continued.’
‘The only thing that you’ve established in this video is that men wear trousers and tank tops, but women they wear lipstick and dresses.’
‘The idea that people can be percentages of either male or female just further reinforces that fact that biological sex is a binary. There’s only two.’
‘There may only be two sexes, but there are an infinite number of personalities. I mean, it really doesn’t take a degree in astrophysics to know that,’ she added.