The question is: Should this website be called something else?
With the rise of what is commonly called, Gender-Affirming Care (such a sweet name, no?), my site’s name can be misconstrued to advocate for treatments I personally do not advocate. So…
Argument for Changing:
It’s confusing. A pastor who invited me to speak at his church told me he had to do a double-take when he first saw the site. He worried, what have I done in inviting this guy? After he read some posts, he was reassured. But why not just be clear for people who could benefit from the content? You’re here to argue for a Biblical view of gender. Why not say so in a way everyone can understand? Perhaps you lose people who see such a name and don’t even want to investigate.
Argument against Changing:
As a recent commenter said, “It’s outreach.” I am speaking in a language that our culture has come to use, and thereby pressing the question: what really does affirm gender? So, the name invites people who might have more of an open mind to consider some beliefs different than their own. Plus, with this name it is taking the powers that be longer time to find out that I really ought to be canceled.
The funny thing is, I began this site back in the beginning of 2017. I wasn’t aware of the term “gender affirming care” and I am not sure it existed then. Consider this little History of Transgender Health Care published in Scientific American in 2016. Not a single mention of “gender affirming care.” Or, even earlier, peruse the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. In over 300 pages of report, the word “affirming”, appears only once, in an endnote, in an article name, and not at all connected to the phrase “gender affirming care.” So, I feel cheated. I had the name first! Doesn’t that count for something?
But seriously, I chose the name because I meant it. I want to affirm the reality of God’s gift of gender, the glory above and beyond the male-female we share with the animals and plants, the wondrous gift of divine image-bearing and divine image-creating that affords us different bodies and different souls, to love each other asymmetrically. I want to provide a place for “Vive La Difference!”
What do you think? Yes, or no? Please answer below.
And if your answer is yes, based on what you have read on these pages, what would you call the site?
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