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Gender Identity

Until recently ‘gender’ was simply a grammatical category (masculine, feminine, common, and neuter: e.g. in pronouns ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘they’ and ‘it’). However, beginning with the work of the French writer, social theorist and feminist critic Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986) and her book The Second Sex (1949) there developed the idea that gender is a form of cultural and social classification distinct from that of biological sex. Whereas the latter is a form of scientific identification, gender is a cultural construct. Thus ‘female’ is a biological description but ‘feminine’ is a social one. In its early stages gender theory was associated with feminism and with the rejection of ideas of ‘womanhood’ or ‘femininity’ that were said to have been fashioned by men to control and exploit women. More recently, however, gender theory has included such claims as that psychological and cultural self-identification, rather than biology is determinative of one’s identity. This has led to disputes between some feminists and radical gender theorists.

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    Questions related to sexuality and gender bear on some of the most intimate and personal aspects of human life. In recent years they have also vexed American politics. We offer this report — written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century — in the hope of improving public understanding of these questions. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report...

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    Gender is a way of communicating truths or falsehoods about one’s sex and its corresponding social and cultural roles. An age of gender confusion and rejection calls for reflection on important issues that, in an upright age, would hardly arise. The second in a two-part series.

  • Sexual Identity: The Harmony of Philosophy, Science, and Revelation

    Have “man” and “woman” become meaningless categories? Public promotion of transgender identities, same-sex marriage, and surrogate parenthood indicate that we no longer view male and female as central to human flourishing. Perhaps man and woman amount to nothing more than one’s own self-expression. Many intuitively resist such a view, but feel unable to respond in light of “woke” rhetoric from media-driven voices carrying the apparent blessings of science.We need to recall who and what we are. Sexual Identity: The Harmony of Philosophy, Science, and Revelation takes up anew the questions “What is a man?” and “What is a woman?” Taking a holistic approach, the book is co-authored by experts from different fields: philosophy, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, psychology, plastic surgery, and theology. For the sake of accessibility, the style is thoughtful but not academic. Each chapter includes review points along with suggestions for further reading.The authors include recognized practitioners in their fields who have spoken nationally and internationally to audiences concerned with today’s crisis over the meaning of sexuality.Sexual Identity assembles these voices into a coherent whole. Written by experts for non-specialists, it offers a comprehensive vision of the human sexual identity, male and female. It offers much-needed wisdom to see through the deceptions that afflict our time.Contributors:Cara Buskmiller, MDJohn D. Finley, PhDPaul W. Hruz, MD, PhDPatrick W. Lappert, MDAndrew Sodergren, PsyDLawrence J. Welch, PhD

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    What is a human person? The question runs through all of recorded history, a puzzle for philosophers . . . .

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    There is an enormous gap between what people are willing to say in public and what they really think. To understand the contours of the renewed culture wars over sex education, sexual orientation and gender identity, start with a Rorschach test.

  • Unraveling Gender: The Battle Over Sexual Difference

    In the modern era certain ideologies have appeared with growing rancor that threaten the truth and meaning of human sexuality. Gender ideology is one of the greatest moral errors of our times. It is essentially the mistaken notion that gender is not necessarily connected to the sex of the body, but is a personal construct. The Church in her wisdom has stood up to stem the tide of this harmful new attack. In this book, Dr. Grabowski lays out where gender ideology comes from and identifies its sources--the poisonous currents of modern secularism, the chaos of the sexual revolution, and the ever-expanding reach of technology. In the end, Unraveling Gender shows that what may seem like a new fad is actually the most recent manifestation of one of the oldest heresies in the Church's history, one which is best refuted by the enduring beauty and clarity of her teaching about the body and the gift of sexuality. Drawing upon Scripture and Church teaching, this timely book equips parents, religious educators, and clergy with the information they need to confront this dangerous ideology with clarity, confidence, and charity. As gender ideology continues to spread its errors, infecting our culture like a deadly virus, this book is a must read for every Catholic.

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    The Genesis of Gender

    What is gender, and how has that word come to take on so many conflicting and controversial meanings in our contemporary moment? In this lecture, Dr. Abigail Favale traces the development of the concept of gender, analyzes the worldview behind it, and compares that worldview with a Christian understanding of reality, human identity, and sexual difference. Abigail Favale, Ph.D., is Dean of Humanities and Professor of English at George Fox University. Her award-winning work has appeared in The Atlantic, First Things, Church Life, and various literary and academic journals. Her memoir, Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion, was published in 2018, and her latest book, The Genesis of Gender, will be released by Ignatius Press in early 2022. Abigail lives in Oregon with her husband and four children. This event was co-sponsored by the Hope College departments of Women's and Gender Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology and Social Work, Philosophy, and Religion, Markets and Morality, the Center for Ministry Studies, and the Cultural Affairs Committee, as well as the student organization Hope Catholics.

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    When Gender Identity Wins, Females Lose

    Has gender ideology helped or harmed the cause of women’s rights? Title IX and other pro-women legislation opened up opportunities for women in education, politics, the creative arts and sports. Now all of that is being undone by the introduction of gender identity. Mary Hasson explains the negative impact of gender identity on women and their rights.

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    Social Contagion and Gender Identity

    In this Direct interview, John is joined by Journalist Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. They discuss why and how the transgender phenomenon is particularly impacting young women in the West, and what the way forward is. A graduate of Columbia College, the University of Oxford, and Yale Law school, Abigail Shrier’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Federalist, and various other publications. She has also featured on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Jordan Peterson Podcast, and The Rubin Report -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00 Intro 00:44 Introducing Abigail Shrier 1:23 What is the central argument of your book? 3:38 How has our society’s response to transgenderism changed over time? 5:01 What do medical professionals think about the transgender phenomenon? 6:56 How has activism impacted the medical community and the transgender debate? 10:35 What do you think is driving the transgender phenomenon amongst young women? 11:58 How has the transgender phenomenon impacted traditional notions of romance and relationships? 13:20 Social media’s impact upon the transgender debate 14:40 Victimhood and the transgender movement 15:43 The impact of pornography on young women 20:20 The ‘coming out’ of young people as LGBTQI 22:18 What are the dominant demographics of young women coming out as transgender? 24:20 Transgender surgery and infertility 26:07 Facts vs feelings 31:00 What is the relationship between rising levels of anxiety, depression and transgenderism? 34:00 How prevalent is the issue of detransitioning? 36:40 Transgenderism teaching in school curriculum 43:13 Why transgenderism shouldn’t be a political issue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Conversations feature John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, interviewing the world's foremost thought leaders about today's pressing social, cultural and political issues. John believes proper, robust dialogue is necessary if we are to maintain our social strength and cohesion. As he puts it; "You cannot get good public policy out of a bad public debate." If you value this discussion and want to see more like it, make sure you subscribe to the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtnY... And stay right up to date with all the conversations by subscribing to the newsletter here: https://johnanderson.net.au/contact/ Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnAndersonAC Follow John on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnandersonac/ Support the channel: https://johnanderson.net.au/support/ Website: https://johnanderson.net.au/ Podcast: https://johnanderson.net.au/podcasts/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow Abigail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbigailShrier Abigail’s Website: https://www.abigailshrier.com