Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


IS BIOLOGICAL SEX ABOUT WHAT GAMETES YOU ARE DESIGNED TO PRODUCE?  NO!

Transphobia is very rife.  In its more subtle form it goes, "Let us support trans for they are only a tiny minority and thank goodness always will be."  True affirmation for trans does not care if everybody changes gender. 

A social construct is just a language tool and is not real but has real effects and consequences.  Lies and illusions do have effects.

Biological sex is a social construct and it seems anti-science to say that.  Or is it?

Some say it is just a pattern not a thing.  Its a spectrum.  This is consistent with the view that nature is just the way it turned out and is not designed or planned.

A less revolutionary view is that biological sex is irrelevant at least for some people.

It seems trans means there really is biological sex but you have to bring it in line with your identity, your gender identity. But why can't trans be about DNA giving you your identity but the body is not matching?  This would mean your biological sex is between the ears literally and the physical characteristics you are born with are birth defects.

If there is no biological male or biological female then how can there be such a thing as gender dysphoria, the suffering that comes from knowing you are born in the wrong gender?  But why not?  You can imagine somebody who is literally genderless and who still has dysphoria perhaps to be a man.

What about transition? It is clear that even if biological sex is malleable and changeable there is a transition. So transition can describe a process without biological sex being real.  Lived experience is what makes you who you are more than the body does.  It is that simple.

Some use intersex as proof that sex is not binary.  It is claimed, "Intersex is not an identity or what a person is. It is simply a fact about your biology. Identifying as intersex is as silly as saying you can identify as your freckles or your birthmark."  But sex identity or gender identity is about your identity in a way that even your job or vocation is not.  If a man can identify as a woman, or a woman as a man then intersex may have a lived experience too that tells them what gender if any they are.

Society suffers pressure to hold that a man is a man and a woman is a woman.   It is argued that intersex does not overthrow that any more than you can say a club foot is a normal foot.  Society does not want mothers to be identifying as fathers or father-mother as you might have if a person is nonbinary.  Or fathers identifying as mother-fathers or mothers.  The idea of using birthing parent and non-birthing parent is currently very unpopular.

So what is the scientific case for sex being real and binary?

"Every cell in a female body programmes her to produce eggs, the female gametes. Every cell in a male body programmes him to produce sperm, the male gamete."

It seems then from this that a man cannot be a woman or vice versa.  It seems you cannot be nonbinary.

Here is the truth.  Gametes are nonbinary.  They are like water that can show up as steam or ice. 

There is no essential difference between eggs and sperm. They carry DNA.

The egg is bigger than the sperm and the egg sits there waiting until the sperm swims to it. But this is like the difference between John being on a parked bus or propelling down the hill on a bike.

The way sperm originates in the testes and eggs in the ovaries is irrelevant. The point is they are only houses for DNA and their origins do not matter.

Sperm being surrounded by a plasma membrane does not mean it is that different from an egg envelope. That is like saying changing clothes changes what and who you are.

Being told you are born male or female and that cannot change is in effect reducing you to how your reproductive DNA is organised.

Let us talk about nonbinary.

They will see themselves as both male and female in some way.  Some days male will dominate and other days it will be female.  Nonbinary may see that the body does not match the mind like they are disconnected from the body.  Hormones and surgery may be necessary to affirm a person who is nonbinary.

The Journal of Adolescent Health in 2019 declared that about a third of TGD, transgender and gender diverse, adults and 40 per cent of TGD youth identify as nonbinary.
 
An example of a neuro gender is a person who denies that they are male or female.  They are not just denying it.  That is their experience.

Gender dysphoria is the body not matching the gender. So you are connected to the body but the wrong way.  This gives rise to marked distress and there may be a risk of suicide.  A transgender person needs to be affirmed in their male or female gender. Nonbinary will suffer distress at being treated as male or female. 

Trans and non binary sense that there is a mismatch and thus they feel entitled and compelled to add/emove sexual organs that they see as birth defects. To give them the help they seek necessarily entails holding that you affirm who they are. In other words, don't help them change their bodies to save them from suicide.  They will feel they forced you.  They will not feel valid.  Don't help them change their bodies for it will make them happier.  Nothing guarantees happiness.  Affirm their right to own their own bodies and you must feel their identities are valid and true.  That sincerity is part of the treatment for their dysphoria.  Don't trigger it.  Having treatment can be extremely painful and they may struggle with themselves and they need validation to help get through it,

If a male bodied person identifies as female then this person is in a female body that has what we would call male anatomy. Some reject the notion they are in the wrong body and affirm that they have the wrong parts – birth defects and will remove them for they love their body.  It is love to agree and help them.

There is no design in nature or biology.  There is just a pattern that we have the right to take charge of.  We have the right to design ourselves.  It seems that puberty is not a medical condition.  Trans often need puberty blockers.  Their experience is that if nature runs its course it will be giving them a puberty that does not belong to them.  If they feel their puberty would be a medical condition then affirm and assert that it is.

The 2015 Transgender Survey (USTS) (James et al. 2016) found that mental health declined in participants who engaged with counsellors, religious advisors and psychologists who discouraged them from being transgender.  Dr Jack Turban and others found that GICE, gender identity conversion efforts, need to be shunned when it comes to all transgender people including young children.


Managing the symptoms of dysphoria is necessary. That is why rubbish such as that Jesus said divorce is a sin for God’s plan always was one man and one woman in marriage for life for he made them binary male and female to become one flesh in sex with penis fitting vagina is not respectful to managing symptoms.

Why do we never talk about transgender cats or nonbinary dogs?  It seems that to say there are not two sexes for the purpose of reproduction is a denial of evolution.  One way to solve this is that sex is a spectrum yes but animals don't have as dramatic a gender spectrum as humans have.  If sex is a spectrum somebody who thinks they are male could be female or vice versa or nonbinary and not even notice.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 is against any notion that we are at war with our bodies: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal that is fleshly or physical.”  This a distinctly transphobic text.

Another is Jesus' commandment that you will not enter eternal life unless you honour your father and your mother.  This is an affirmation of male and female as being more than just roles.  They are put in place by God and are male and female.  Trans are not honoured by most parents.  Why should trans honour parents who won't affirm them?

There is one worry people have if you think your body is not really connected to you.   Or if like some autistic people you see your body as a house but not you.  Or like a religious person who thinks your spirit is your real self.  Say if you are a soul in a body. Or if you are a spiritualist who thinks your body is not your real body but your "spirit" is.  That is as good as saying there is no given or “right” or real human nature.  That is to leave yourself open to criticism. "Selves as possessors of real and identifiable characteristics - such as rationality, emotion, inspiration, and will - are dismantled" complains Kenneth Gergen.  But that assumes you will come apart.  We all do a bit but there will be no complete collapse.

We affirm that transmen are men.  We affirm that transwomen are women.  We affirm that nonbinary are nonbinary.  That is not a part of care.  It is THE part of care.