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The Logic of Gender in New York

New York City is moving to change the way we "define" gender. Instead of seeing people as males or females-New York is seeking to be cutting edge in allowing people to define their own gender, not based on their genetics and plumbing, but on preference.   Here is a little bit from the article New York Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice from the New York Times.

Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.

Under the rule being considered by the city’s Board of Health, which is likely to be adopted soon, people born in the city would be able to change the documented sex on their birth certificates by providing affidavits from a doctor and a mental health professional laying out why their patients should be considered members of the opposite sex, and asserting that their proposed change would be permanent.

So this is beyond the "normal" sex change operation, to "become" the other sex idea...Now, just by saying "I'm a girl" a man can now act, live, and be legally recognized as a woman in New York City.  This is no less than insanity.  That a culture would sanction such ideas and all the attendant social realities is indicative of the times we live. Think about how parents would be defined, think about how adoptions, "gay" marriage, etc. would be construed.  Gay marriage debates become moot.  Just say you are a woman and marry the dude - done, easy, nice run around of all laws, constitutional articles etc.  How do you set up public restrooms?  Maybe we should just go all the way Europe and remove gendered restrooms all together.  And yes, I know there are movements for that...along with an idea to have a "third" restroom for the "trans" among us.

Many in NY and some mentioned in the article are rejoicing at the news.  One example is cited from an attorney who works for the NY Transgender Rights Org. Here is a direct quote from the article:

Joann Prinzivalli, 52, a lawyer for the New York Transgender Rights Organization, a man who has lived as a woman since 2000, without surgery, said the changes amount to progress, a move away from American culture’s misguided fixation on genitals as the basis for one’s gender identity.

“It’s based on an arbitrary distinction that says there are two and only two sexes,” she said. “In reality the diversity of nature is such that there are more than just two, and people who seem to belong to one of the designated sexes may really belong to the other.”

Is male and female an "arbitrary" distinction?  How do we think the God who made us male and female perceives such movements in the realm of men? (and women and man-women and woman-men)  No mind you I am not naive and I am aware of the instances of of sexual ambiguity at birth due to genetic problems, etc.  But should we take such rare abnormalities as normative examples and proceed to the denial of gender.  I take Mr/Mrs/??? Prinzivalli's last sentence to be non-sense in the clearest sense of the word.  Logically speaking, I simply have no idea what he/she/??? is talking about. 

Let me quote for you what the new enlightened atheists call one of "the bronze age myths" 

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

When reading this along side Mr/Mrs/??? Prinzalli's quote, I simply say - the old school has it right.  I love that bronze age truth.