Eliminate gender on birth certificates?

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A Canadian who claims to be neither male nor female has had a baby.

This individual believes that babies should have the right to choose what gender they want to be.  Therefore, birth certificates should not specify a child’s gender.

I thought that “gender” is cultural, while “sex” is biological.  So what birth certificates record is the baby’s “sex.”  Feminists made that distinction, playing down the connections between biology and culture, but now transgenderists are insisting that “sex” too is cultural.  Actually, neither gender nor sex are cultural, but are rather individual self-determinations.  (As in this mother who identifies as “neither male nor female.”)

Here is a modest proposal:  Instead of listing gender on birth certificates, other legal documents, applications, etc., just put down what chromosomes people have in in every cell of their bodies:  XX or XY.

At some point, to solve the pronoun dilemma, we could assign pronouns based on the chromosome pattern each person has:  XX could use “she, her, hers.”  And XY could use “he, him, his.”

Interestingly, XX individuals can have babies,  with the help of someone who is XY.  (There can be no babies from couples if both are XX or if both are XY.)  Maybe that could be the basis of family law.

But perhaps that objective genetic identity might interfere with an individual’s right to gender self-determination.  In that case, the individual should complain to Nature, whose laws, however, are not subject to human courts or legislation.

Read about the case after the jump.

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And now multigender

625px-Whitehead-link-alternative-sexuality-symbol.svgHow many genders are there?  Jenny Crofton says an infinite number.  And that each person has a unique gender.  (That doesn’t add up to infinity, but let that pass.)  She goes on to describe the phenomenon of “multigender.”  She says that individuals can have change their genders, inhabit more than one gender at the same time, switch genders according to one’s company, and on and on.  She lists 12 specific types of multigender.

You can be any combination of genders you want and change them at will.  BUT, she says, you must NOT commit the sin of cultural appropriation.  You can’t be a “two-spirit” gender, as in some native American cultures, because only native Americans can be that.

Also, if you are multigender, as I guess everyone is, you are to be considered “trans.”  And you are oppressed and should be on the lookout for microaggressions.  Crofton goes on to give the answers to 10 questions you may have. [Read more…]

Gender diversity and language

You thought it was complicated using “non-sexist” pronouns, avoiding the generic “he” for “he or she” or using “they” as a non-gendered singular?  Consider the travails of a binary language in a world of 58 genders. [Read more…]

The 58 gender options

When you give your gender, that used to be a clear choice between “male” or “female.”  But now, given the LGBT revolution, Facebook is giving 58 options.  See the complete list after the jump. [Read more…]

Triumph of the Will

In my book Postmodern Times, I write about how the will has replaced reason in contemporary thought.  In my book Modern Fascism, I discuss  the great filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s celebration of Hitler, The Triumph of the Will, and argue that the phrase encapsulates the philosophy of Fascism. I also contrasted this worldview with that of Luther, who wrote The Bondage of the Will.

I am pleased to see R. R. Reno discussing the same topic, how today the will–what I want, what I desire–trumps everything. [Read more…]

Chrysostom predicts the 21st century

Thanks to Bob Miller for showing me this quotation from John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) from his Homily 5 on Titus:

“Woman was not made for this, O man, to be prostituted as common. O you subverters of all decency, who use men, as if they were women, and lead out women to war, as if they were men! This is the work of the devil, to subvert and confound all things, to overleap the boundaries that have been appointed from the beginning, and remove those which God has set to nature.”

This early Church Father is not just ranting and raving; rather, he suggests a whole approach to issues like these:  What are we made for?  What are the “boundaries,” or do you really think we can do without any boundaries at all?