Is There a Gender Other Than Male or Female?
“The sex . . . is hereby changed from female to non-binary.” Recently, a judge in Oregon legally recognized a gender other than male or female.
“Binary” means “consisting of, indicating, or involving two.” Non-binary gender, then, is something other than two genders. It appears to be a catch-all term referring to various gender identities, such as a third “other” gender, fluid gender, or multiple gender.
The Oregon petitioner, a biological male, began transitioning into a transgender woman. He ultimately felt that neither sex fit and asked the court to recognize him legally as non-binary. The judge granted his wish in a short, two-paragraph opinion. He celebrated the order and felt “liberated from the boundaries of being male or female.” His attorney’s next task is to have the state’s forms changed so that choices other than male and female are available on driver’s licenses, etc.
This seems to be the first legal decision of its kind in our country, but it will not be the last. It is novel but should not be surprising. It’s simply the logical continuation of the transgender movement, the (attempted) eradication of manhood and womanhood.
A couple of thoughts in response to this development:
- Irony. All of the people insisting that there is no real distinction between genders were all created by one man and one woman. No matter what they may feel or how much they want to believe otherwise – their very existence is the result of clear and necessary biological differences between the two sexes. Our politically correct culture cannot change that. There are still only “X” and “Y” chromosomes. In an interview, even the petitioner admitted, “no amount of hormones is going to make [him] look like a female.” At some point, there has to be recognition of objective fact.
- Implications. Transgender issues have been at the forefront of cultural discussion in recent months. If the non-binary movement takes hold (and it will), the issue will move well beyond the “which-of-the-two-bathrooms-should-I-use” debate and move toward the complete annihilation of any acceptable gender distinction in public life whatsoever. Eventually, instead of two rooms for bathrooms, showers, or locker rooms, there will be one. There would not be any basis for discussion of gender differences if gender does not exist legally or practically in society. The ramifications of erasing binary gender are endless and are particularly harmful to the family unit, to women, and to children. (For more on this topic: 4 Consequences of the Gender Identity Movement; The Bathroom Battle and the True War on Womanhood)
Tangentially, I found myself puzzled over the lack of uproar from feminists on this topic. It seems that maintaining “woman” or “womanhood” would be something that they would support vehemently. Yet they generally align themselves with the transgender movement. And then I realized that, frankly, the modern feminist movement has been eroding womanhood for decades. Their stance isn’t contradictory; it’s actually quite consistent. They have not been for womanhood so much as for the elimination of it. The transgender movement today is really just building on a foundation already present.
I wonder how far our society will go in redefining the sexes. Our culture is changing rapidly. Contrary to popular opinion, most of those who share my viewpoint are not filled with hate, fear, or bigotry. Rather, we are filled primarily with sadness and concern. And love. The beauty of true manhood and womanhood is something so special and so worthy of celebration. It is heartbreaking to see it so mangled and disregarded.
God created us male and female. Ultimately, I take comfort that neither our government nor our culture has the true authority or ability to change that. I hope only that others rediscover the beautiful complement of the two genders.
Question: Do you think our government should maintain categories of “male” and “female” on official documents?