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“Biological Sex Is Just a Social Construct” — Savvy Persuasion But Wrong Reasoning

“Biological Sex Is Just a Social Construct” — Savvy Persuasion But Wrong Reasoning

Undoubtedly you’ve seen the phrase, “assigned male at birth” or “assigned female at birth.” The point is to deny the essential reality of maleness and femaleness — biological sex, that is — and make it a social construct instead. View It, Then We’ll Analyze It I want you to see one of the most effective presentations of that mindset I’ve seen. I want you to feel its persuasive force. Then I want to explain why its persuasion is fixed upon imagery…

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The Worldview Collision Behind the Bathroom Wars

The Worldview Collision Behind the Bathroom Wars

I’m asking still why the gender wars erupted so suddenly in our culture, and what’s motivating the drive to redefine gender. Yesterday I said it had a lot to do with ontology. What does it mean actually to be male or female, and where’s the right place for those decisions to be made? The obvious answer all along has been that it depends on a person’s genitalia, and when the nurse says, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy,” it’s…

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Talk It Up! Major New Study on Homosexuality

Talk It Up! Major New Study on Homosexuality

Major New Study Released Yesterday a new scientific study was published at The New Atlantis questioning much of today’s homosexual transgender narrative. There’s no evidence that LGBT people are “born that way,” and there’s good evidence that young people with same-sex attractions end up in strong heterosexual relationships as adults. That’s a start. I’m still reading the book-length article. Ryan Anderson summarizes it: “Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong.” My friend Michael…

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Gender Identity Discrimination Regulations: The Saddest Joke on the Planet

Gender Identity Discrimination Regulations: The Saddest Joke on the Planet

(For a thoroughly parent-friendly guide to explaining this issue to teens and preteens, see “Challenge 28″ at CriticalConversationsBook.com.) It’s disturbing. It’s ridiculous. It’s mad. It’s hilarious. I don’t know whether to argue, laugh, or cry. All three, I think. From The Hill via The Stream (hey, that was fun to write!): The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is expected in September to finalize regulations that would allow people to stay in homeless shelters based on the gender they identify with….

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Transgendered Persons and Homicides: Co-opting Statistics To Peddle a Message

Transgendered Persons and Homicides: Co-opting Statistics To Peddle a Message

Doing background research related to yesterday’s blog post on bullying, I ran across this CBS News headline from last November: “Homicides of transgender women in U.S. reach alarming high.” The total at that point in 2015: 22 trans-women. How alarming is that? It depends on what kind of story you want to tell. You could tell the story that homicides in this category had almost doubled compared to the previous year. That would be true. Sort of. For you could also tell…

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Transgender, transgressive: “Vested interest masquerading as a moral principle”

Transgender, transgressive: “Vested interest masquerading as a moral principle”

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who until recently was the Spokane chapter president for the NAACP, “identifies as black,” she says. Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn, apparently identifies as female. Dolezal was pressured to give up both her pretense and her position. Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair, and was honored by our President and by ESPN. Conservative bloggers have pounced on the irony of the two cases. If Jenner can be a woman, why can’t Dolezal be black? What’s…

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