A few years ago, Tim was a troubled 20-something year old. One day Tim learned about transgenderism and thought, “This is it!” Tim became certain that living as the other gender was the answer to his troubles. So he changed his name to Darlene, marched down to the nearest doctor’s office and got a quick diagnosis of gender dysphoria, which allowed him to start taking hormones to make his body change. But Tim didn’t realize the trouble to his body that this would bring.
Last week, two Wisconsin citizens sued their state Department of Health Services for not covering their sex-change operations under Medicaid, stating that science backs them up. What does the science really say?
The Endocrine Society’s position statement on transgender health promises that “considerable scientific evidence has emerged demonstrating a durable biological element underlying gender identity.” The Society uses these results to advise insurance companies to cover sex changes operations. I am still waiting to see the “considerable scientific evidence” of a biologically based gender identity apart from one’s biological sex.
Great Britain, ‘great’ in many ways, is also ahead of America in the disintegration of gender. Transgender (Talking Points series), by Vaughan Roberts, reflects this greater experience. It understands gender dysphoria from a Christian Creation-Fall-Redemption framework.
People have a hard time suppressing all of God’s truth. There is usually some of His common grace operating wherever you see relationships. When you come to recognize the Biblical principles of gender, you can see the good happening even when dressed in some gaudily bad outfits.
I am a woman who has struggled intensely with lust and sexual sin for most of my life, while also battling deep shame in the context of a church that always speaks about sexuality as a man’s struggle. The painful lie is that something is disgustingly wrong with me, that especially in church, I can’t talk about it.
Are you receiving policy mandates from your company or school about pronouns? One reader writes: …Some in the administration would like to force faculty to use the pronoun that a student chooses instead of a gender-based pronoun. The student affairs folks are also going to provide gender inclusive housing options this fall…
Do you agree to use “she” to refer to your trans-man uncle? Do you accept your niece’s insistence that she is really a ‘he’ and you should call her…that is him, that? Soon all of us will face this question as our culture continues to shred gender like it was some kind of incriminating document.
This game, like the other recent ones, have displayed repeated opportunities to marvel at the achievement of the male body. But absent was any of the usual exploitation of the female body to sell things. The female body was respected. And we were free to celebrate the male.
Our being made male and female is an important part of being made in God’s Image. Yet being male and female isn’t unique to humans, but is found throughout creation, including in plants and flowers. This means that the human gift of gender goes far beyond just maleness and femaleness.