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Until relatively recently the idea of transgenderism would have been literally unintelligible. Philosophically and scientifically the only sexual differentiation within human beings was biological, with male and female being marked by primary and secondary sexual characteristics (genitalia and other physiological features). The term ‘gender’ was a grammatical one referring to classes of nouns and pronouns: male, female, neuter, in different languages. In 1949, however, the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir argued that as well as biological differences there are socially constructed cultural identities ‘masculine’ and feminine’. This set the foundations for the idea that there might be a difference between one’s biological and gendered identity and that a biological female might experience themselves to be masculine and vice versa. With that notion in place it then became intelligible to speak of transitioning (through surgery and hormone treatment) so as to align sexual and gender identities. Thereafter the terms transexual and transgender have often been used as equivalents, but terminology is in flux. Defenders of traditional views argue that there has been a confusion between subjective experience and objective fact and that those ‘identifying’ with a gender opposite to their biological sex are suffering from a form of body dysphoria. Since very few people are directly affected by these issues there is a question as to why they have become so prominent.

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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.

  • Rather than teaching children to identify based on how well they fit prevailing cultural expectations on sex, we should be teaching them that the truth of their sexual identity is based on their bodies, and that sometimes cultural associations attached to the sexes are misguided or simply too narrow

  • Responding to the Transgender Moment: How to Speak Truth into Culture

    *"Can a boy be 'trapped' in a girl's body? Can modern medicine 'reassign' sex? Is our sex 'assigned' to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender?" How has the scientific evidence surrounding sex and gender become politicized? Ryan T. Anderson, author of the book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment" joins me to discuss these topics and take your questions live! (The Alisa Childers book club is just finishing this important work, and directly after this livestream, the group will open to allow new members to join for the next study. After the broadcast, go to: www.facebook.com/groups/alisachildersbookclub to join) *From the book description

  • Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism

    'A clear, concise, easy-to-read account of the issues between sex, gender and feminism . . . an important book' Evening Standard 'A call for cool heads at a time of great heat and a vital reminder that revolutions don't always end well' Sunday Times Material Girls is a timely and trenchant critique of the influential theory that we all have an inner feeling known as a gender identity, and that this feeling is more socially significant than our biological sex.Professor Kathleen Stock surveys the philosophical ideas that led to this point, and closely interrogates each one, from De Beauvoir's statement that, 'One is not born, but rather becomes a woman' (an assertion she contends has been misinterpreted and repurposed), to Judith Butler's claim that language creates biological reality, rather than describing it. She looks at biological sex in a range of important contexts, including women-only spaces and resources, healthcare, epidemiology, political organization and data collection.Material Girls makes a clear, humane and feminist case for our retaining the ability to discuss reality, and concludes with a positive vision for the future, in which trans rights activists and feminists can collaborate to achieve some of their political aims.

  • The Transgender Revolution in the Classroom: What Parents Need to Know

    Transgender ideology is flooding public school classrooms. What does this mean for our children? And what can parents do? This webinar from the Ethics and Public Policy Center equips parents with the knowledge and insights they need to recognize and resist the promotion of transgender ideology in public schools—and to protect their children from the transgender revolution. Please join EPPC Fellows Patrick T. Brown (Fellow in Family Policy) and Mary Rice Hasson (Person and Identity Project) and author Maria Keffler (Desist, Detrans, Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult) as they share expertise, sound advice, and the latest research in an engaging conversation led by Catholic Studies Program Coordinator Ella Ramsay. Essential listening for parents of school-age children!

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    Willful arguments are gaining favor today over rational ones, as revealed by the clamor to provide “affirmative” support to those making transgender claims. Despite the given character of one’s sexual