I had to go to work yesterday.  Bills, you know those pesky things, keep me busy.  Anyways, there is much to be said about sex as related to the action between individuals, but I want to move on to another aspect of this word.  Prior to logging on to the web site I was mentally chewing on the approach as the difference between identity and descriptor.  We have a plethora of forms in this society now bearing the term “gender” instead of “sex.”  I see this as a problem.  This is one of those cases where changing a small word to something associated changes large issues.  When I was a bit younger, this term referred to the association of a word with male of female characteristics.  Hammer had the feel of masculine and hug had the feel of feminine.  One activity in school (grade school at that time) had us categorize a list of words in that fashion.  I had to do a bit of looking to find a link describing what I experienced.  It was interesting to note that during my extensive look at a single page of search engine, the top entries related to women’s studies.  Those were not even in existence until 1990.  (I looked up that one as well)  Students born about the millennium will have had association with the class and term their entire lives and so will assume a much longer existence.  Therefore, the usage of “gender” has been recent, though the present generation will not have a reference point without that usage.  Why is this important?  While, when I was developing, a person’s sex was simply that between the legs.  Using ultrasound on a pregnant mother, one looked for either the cheeseburger or the turtle.  There were only two choices and it was a simple process to know which was there.  “Gender” allows the individual to apply their own feel of the word to the situation.  See the difference?  In the former, God provides a simple A or B with easy recognition.  There were certain cultural behaviors associated with the designation as well as expectations the populace maintained which have been under attack by feminists.  My personal belief is this is the base reason to alter the terminology.  Consider what is available now:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Cis
  • Cisgender
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • Female to Male
  • FTM
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Intersex
  • Male to Female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans*
  • Trans Female
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans Male
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans Man
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-Spirit

I found another more extensive list from a site now moving on to Pagan Wisdom.  It was serendipitous to find this site at this time.  Note that with God there were two possibilities.  For the pagan, or those without God, there are 58, 63, or whatever.  “Gender” is what the person feels, not what God made them.  By moving over to that term, this country has taken an additional step away from the founding on Christian principles and allowed more confusion.  How is confusion seen?   I fill out forms constantly at work.  There was a single form which now has relatives containing a box labeled “gender”.  In the box are four choices: male, female, other, unknown.  “Other” can be any of the 63 whatevers that have been made up and the “unknown” just hasn’t looked between the legs and acknowledged God put something there.

I have mentioned it before, but since I’m on this subject, let’s dive in.  I used to work on a oncology floor in a hospital.  I actually spent 18 months there before they closed the floor and I moved to med/surg.  One of the questions we were to ask the men was if they had breast cancer.  I felt that weird until it was explained to me that men would receive the same cancer as women as they had the same tissue in that location.  Further, it was a more serious condition when found in a man.  While there, we had two males come through with radical mastectomies.  Yes, I’m talking scar from the middle of the chest to under the arm.  I mention that to provide an illustration that the tissue is the same.  It’s not the same in purpose though.  When stimulated with the appropriate hormones – or marijuana, I’m told, the tissue in a man will start to expand and form gynecomastia.  That is the proper term.  “Breasts” is not.  A breast is a female organ placed there for a simple purpose – to feed the baby.  They are not there to make the swimsuit shape appropriately.  They are there to provide nourishment for someone else.  I ran across this article of a guy trying to defy nature.  Note his conclusion:

And then I realized I was missing something essential: a child. For all our assumptions about breast-feeding, the one abiding truth is that it exists to nourish and comfort new life.

At least he discovered God’s design.  Just trying to change a single feature doesn’t alter the structure that God built.  We had someone who did a “transformation” and grew some gynecomastia and cut off God’s designation between his legs.  This person announced that he was female and pointed to the swollen parts on the chest.  No, there were a trillion cells saying XY.  The fact that the tissue responded to hormone stimulation didn’t remove the fact that all the genes remained the same.  Gender is not sex.  Sex is what God made you.  Surgeons can work wonders on shape and appearance, but the genes remain.  What God made can’t be changed.

Imagine if gender was actually the term needed in this country.  I have worked in prison ministry and have to get checked into the prison.  They have a policy that the same sex person will do the pat-down.  Imagine if that was gender.  How many cops would be available who felt they were “Two-Spirit”?  See how getting away from God’s simple design creates problems?

 

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