We can assume that this writer would have been a Connecticut Yankee, a strong opponent of the South and slavery.
Most of what is going on in the human mind is not as dependent on the brain as some approaches to neuroscience would require.
The editors’ action was unethical. Given the stakes in the controversy over allowing biological males to take over women’s sports, it was also immoral.
The point here isn’t to prevent abuse, if it exists. We have animal-welfare laws for that.