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Gender Theory

January 10, 2013

This past December Pope Benedict XVI warned about the dangers of Gender Theory. Many people may be unaware of the various theories of gender, and how each of them is in its own way is an attack on reality. Part of the problem is that the theories are not logically consistent, and contradict one another. While the theories claim to be based on science, the studies they reference have been shown to either be invalid or to not support the claims made.

Before the 1950’s the word ‘sex’ referred to the reality of being male or female. Gender was a grammatical term. Some words have gender – masculine, feminine or neuter. In the 1950’s a new definition was given to Gender. Today there are several different and contradictory definitions.

1)         Gender as a synonym for sex.

Many people assume that gender is a polite synonym for sex, preferable since sex is a shortened form of sexual intercourse.

2)         Gender Perspective

According to the Gender Perspective, gender is different than sex. Sex refers only to the biological reality of male or female, gender refers to socially constructed roles which can change. While in principle there is nothing wrong with distinguishing between the biological reality and the cultural or personal expression of masculinity and femininity, those promoting mainstreaming the Gender Perspective hold that all social difference between men and women are the result of oppressive stereotypes and should be eliminated so that men and women participate in every activity of society in statistically equal numbers. While it is true that stereotypes have in the past prevented some from achieving their full potential, it is also true that there are real differences between men and women, particularly as regards motherhood and fatherhood. These differences affect the free choices of women and men and even when stereotypes and sex-based restrictions are eliminated, women and men can not be expected to achieve statistical equality.

3)         Gender Identity and Gender Expression

There is a movement to add ‘gender identity and gender expression’ to anti-discrimination laws. Those promoting this argue that while sex is ‘assigned’ to a baby on the basis of observation of its genitals, some people do not accept this designation. Sex may be what you are biologically, but gender is what you think you are. For example, a biological male may argue that, while he has a man’s body, he believes he has a woman’s brain. He may want his body surgically altered to resemble that of a woman or simply to dress as a woman. He may claim to have changed sex and demand that his birth certificate and other documents be altered and that he be allowed to marry a man. However, some of the men who have been surgically altered to resemble women are still sexually attracted to women and claim to be lesbians. Some of the ‘transgendered’ may want to be accepted as the other sex even without surgical alterations

In the past persons who wanted to be or thought they actually were the other sex or who rejected clothing and interests of their own sex and adopted that of the other sex were considered to be suffering from Gender Identity Disorder (GID). Recently, this designation has been dropped in favor of Gender Dysphoria, reflecting the idea that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the other sex so long as it doesn’t make you unhappy and that if society’s refusal to pretend you are the other sex makes you unhappy then society has to change. Including gender identity and expression in anti-discrimination laws would essentially prohibit people from refusing to pretend that people have changed their sex.

Some of those who go through so-called sex changes try to wipe out their pasts and pretend they have always been the sex they want to be. However some find this continual deception difficult to sustain.  While the transgendered may hope to find a sexual partner who accepts them as the sex they want to be, often they find this difficult and end up in a relationship with another transgendered person.

While those promoting the Gender Perspective want to eliminate masculine and feminine stereotypes, the transgendered adopt clothing and behavior which reflects narrow, stereotypical concepts, almost caricatures, of what it means to be a man or a woman.

Rejection of the reality of one’s sexual identity and the pursuit of mutilating surgery suggests a severe psychological disorder. It is neither charitable nor required for others to go along with the pretence of sex change.

4)         GenderQueer

Gender theory is constantly evolving and many of those who adopt some form of gender theory frequently change their self-identification. This has given rise to the ideology of GenderQueer, which is a rebellion against all restrictions on identity, behavior, and sexual activity. The GenderQueer claim a right to present themselves as male, female, or neither and to change their identity at any time and to have sex with persons of either sex. According to Riki Wilchins, writing in  GenderQueer: Voices from beyond the sexual binary, “Gender is the new frontier: the place to rebel, to create new individuality and uniqueness, to defy old, tired, outdated social norms, and, yes, to occasionally drive their parents and sundry other authority figures crazy.” Society is under no obligation to encourage such rebellion.

Sexual Orientation

While those pushing Gender theory insist that Sexual Orientation and gender are two separate categories, they are linked. Sexual Orientation distinguishes between persons based on to they are sexually attracted – their own sex (same sex attraction SSA), the other sex (other sex attraction OSA), both (bisexual). Many, but not every person with SSA, experienced GID as children and many continue to imitate the other sex in clothing or behavior. Many of those pushing Gender theory are or have been involved in same-sex sexual relationships.

In 1995 I warned the pro-family movement that using the word gender when we meant sex would have negative consequences. I reiterate my warning and strongly recommend that we refuse to say gender when we mean sex.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Georgia Smith permalink
    January 24, 2013 8:13 pm

    An article for you that relates to this topic:

    http://www.standfirminfaith.com/?/sf/page/30003

  2. Georgia Smith permalink
    February 17, 2013 9:05 pm

    A new study on homosexual parenting: http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2013/02/17/new-study-on-homosexual-parents-tops-all-previous-research-3/

  3. Lydia permalink
    March 16, 2013 4:01 am

    How did you conduct your primary research in this area? Could you also share information on the peer review of your research?

    • March 16, 2013 1:46 pm

      Dear Lydia, I consider myself a journalist and have spent the last 35 years doing secondary research on the subjects I write on. I also ghost write or co-write for psychiatrists, who review my work. My book The Gender Agenda has been widely circulated and translated into Spanish, Italian, and German. My goal is to inform those interested as to what is being said and planned by those pushing the gender agenda and what published studies report. I participated in various UN conferences and saw first hand how gender was being used. I was the first one to point out to the pro-family groups the risks.
      Dale

      • Nicole permalink
        February 21, 2014 10:55 am

        I would also like to ask you to post the peer reviewed articles that you have based your opinion on. It also appears to me that you have a strong opinion on this matter so I would like to know if you have also try to disprove yourself, as I believe that all sides to a story must be examined. If so could you also provide links to those articles?

  4. Bee permalink
    May 29, 2013 6:49 pm

    Great article! This is becoming a serious issue in France and I was looking for an article to inform my american friends on the topic. This is well written and to the point. Thanks! :-)

  5. Barn_Jones permalink
    December 12, 2013 10:22 am

    You state that gender theory is an “attack on reality” yet choose to ignore the inherent subjectivity of said “reality”. With that in mind, however well researched your article may be, it can only be read as an opinion based piece. That is to say, it is an extension of your subjective, and your particular reading of the gender theorists, and is not based upon any factual evidence. Thus you criticise gender theory for not being based on science, by making claims that are equally lacking in scientific foundation. In short, your argument then seems reactionary, and emotionally driven, and lacks credibility as a result.

    It did, however, make for an interesting read.

    • February 22, 2014 6:19 pm

      Male and female are reality. Pretend one can have 56 options is fantasy.

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