4 Consequences of the Gender Identity Movement

“What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.” Do you remember hearing that in high school? Or do you say it to your kids?

It’s always easier to go along with the crowd. No matter our age, I think we’re all still affected by societal pressure. A particularly controversial topic today is gender identity. Advocates of gender identity have started a cultural wave that can be intimidating to stand up against.

Many see gender identity as a cause to be championed in a new civil rights movement. When the issue is framed as one of equality, it’s tempting to embrace it. It may be popular to jump on this politically correct bandwagon, but we need to think seriously about what our culture is really saying and its actual implications.

For your consideration, here are four consequences of the gender identity movement:

  1. Ultimately Harms Women’s Health. Failing to recognize legitimate gender differences could ultimately harm women’s health. A fascinating talk by Dr. Alyson McGregor focuses on the importance of studying medicine based on gender. According to her, most medical studies have been conducted historically on men. Recently, scientists have discovered how differently women’s bodies respond to various types of medicine and treatment. She emphasizes the importance of studying medicine through a gender lens in order to provide better care. As the gender identity movement spreads across the country, however, will these types of studies be permitted? Will they be seen as discriminatory? Will funding be cut? Will they be ostracized? Encouraging study into real, biological differences would be counter to the liberal argument that gender does not matter. I hope furtherance of an agenda will not be at the expense of women’s health.
  2. Negatively Affects Children. The American College of Pediatricians recently issued a report that “urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.” They find that affirming or encouraging gender identity among boys and girls is tantamount to child abuse. They emphasize that humans are naturally and normally either male or female. If someone believes that he/she is something they are not, that is actually a disorder that deserves to be treated. They find that the promotion of gender identity ideology should be acknowledged as abuse “first and foremost for the well-being of the gender dysphoric children themselves . . . .” This is not intended to be discriminatory; rather, there is real concern for the health and wellbeing of children (and future adults).
  3. Chills Free Speech. The backlash that some people receive for simply recognizing “male” and “female” and/or expressing genuinely held religious beliefs on this subject is unprecedented. We should always feel free to engage in speech. We don’t have to agree, but silencing opposition shakes the foundation of a free society. It is ironic to me that gender identity proponents are exercising the very rights that they’re protesting (e.g., refusing to do business if they disagree with a moral decision). Shutting down or discouraging anyone from respectfully voicing opinions will ultimately erode everyone’s rights.
  4. Eliminates Objective Fact. A recent video showed a 5’9” white male asking college students if he could identify as a 6’5”Asian woman. They saw no problem with his subjective view of himself. If that is what he wanted to identify as, then society should recognize him as such. So, exactly how far away from fact are we willing to go? If a 12-year old girl identifies as a 25-year old woman, should she be allowed to marry? If an 8-year old boy identifies as a 16-year old, should he be allowed to drive? We could come up with an endless number of morally detrimental scenarios. There is also the practical side of refusing to recognize objective truth. What happens when these college students get their first job? Let’s say a meeting starts at 10am. What if they arrive at the meeting an hour late, because, to them, 11am feels like 10am? Should there be any consequences? Who are we to impose our sense of time on anyone else? That may seem like a ridiculous example, but I don’t see how the rationale is any different. This is ultimately what happens when we refuse to recognize objective truth. The chaotic consequences would be endless.

Without question, every person deserves to be treated with respect. Love and compassion, however, do not equal unlimited tolerance. Actually, I believe quite the opposite is true.

Question for you: Do you think society should always recognize what/who a person subjectively identifies as? Should there be any limitation?


Julie LaRock
Reply April 28, 2016

Thanks for posting this! I have been talking this issue over often with my husband lately, and I appreciate your honesty! It can be difficult as a Christian to stand for truth within a culture while showing grace and mercy. I tend to agree with what you share here. In a class at church we've been learning how to more effectively study the Bible. The ideas of subjectivity and relativism are so huge in our culture right now; especially among young people and within the church! I think both ideas have done a disservice to my generation!

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