Monday, December 13, 2010

Boys Will Be Boys… or Girls… or Both… or Neither


I have a friend who used to be a guy, but now he considers himself a girl. He posted this on Facebook today:
Reteaching Gender and Sexuality from PUT THIS ON THE MAP on Vimeo.

The main point being, there is a current campaign out there to teach “queer” youth that “it gets better” so that they supposedly will not be so prone to commit suicide. This video takes issue with that, and points out that these kids shouldn’t have to wait for it to get better.

If by that they mean nobody should be bullying them, of course they’re right. However, that’s not all they mean. This video makes the agenda very clear. We all need to be “re-taught” about gender and sexuality. We all need to “learn” that people can choose to be male or female or even both at the same time, and that sexual preferences for one or the other or both are all okay as well. And the “we all” who need to be re-taught include the school administrators, policymakers, health care providers, social workers, police officers – and my favorite, the churches.

In a comment section on the site where this was posted a few days ago, someone almost immediately highlighted the video’s contention that the churches need to be re-taught, with the observation, “Exactly.”
Do they not see what a violation of others’ rights they are espousing? We don’t need re-teaching (a term uncomfortably close to “re-education” as in re-education camps). We are fully aware already of their opinion on gender matters. But it is just that – their opinion. Many of us have a different opinion. Many of us believe that to surgically alter one’s gender is in fact a form of self-mutilation. Many of us believe that to believe one can choose to be a woman today and a man tomorrow is as delusional as saying one can choose to be white today and black tomorrow. And yes, there are also many of us who believe that sex outside marriage (and yes, we mean a man and a woman) is wrong, and that attraction to people of the same sex is a path to unhappiness best resisted, as are other sexual deviations that take a person outside the marital bond.

However. Until such sorry time as sharia law starts being implemented in this country, they have every right to live however they choose, sleep with whomever they wish, and do to their own bodies whatever they desire, in peace and free of outside interference.

We, on the other hand, have the right to continue our adherence to a different belief system. So to our friends who would indeed espouse what this video is proposing, we say this: We have centuries of moral teaching and a great deal of research on our side when we question your lifestyle, but we are not demanding to “re-teach” you. Kindly do us the same courtesy.

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