Confused about Gender Confusion

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In a rising new trend, more teenage girls than boys claim they aren’t sure about their gender identity. Why?

To the dismay of radical activists, Dr. Lisa Littman, a researcher at Brown University, conducted a new study that points to peer pressure. The backlash was instant and severe.

Her research, gathered from 256 parents, reveals it’s not uncommon for two or more girls in the same friendship group to begin to identify as transgender. And 87% of them come out as transgender after spending more time on social media. But as they age, that seems to change since only 0.7% of American adults ages 18–24 claim they’re transgender.

Within days, Brown University pulled their website press release on Littman’s research.

Ray Blanchard, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto who spent many years working in a gender identity clinic, explains the reason for the angry reactions. “The idea that social influences may be involved flies in the face of the ‘born that way’ or ‘you are who you say you are’ narrative.”’

The transgender lifestyle openly denies the blueprint God designed for us: “Male and female he created them” (Genesis 5:2). When people get to decide what is right based on what they want, they become more influenced by their peers and resist submitting to their all-knowing, loving Creator.

A Baby Without a Gender?

For the first time, a baby was born without receiving a gender designation on a government-issued ID.

The baby’s mom, Kori Doty, identifies as transgender. She wants to avoid assigning a gender to her baby.

“It is up to [my baby] to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity. I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.”

The Canadian government issued the baby a health card with the sex listed as “U.” The cards are required in Canada to receive health care.

Doty is an active member of the Gender-Free ID Coalition and believes that the U stands for “unspecified” or “unknown.”

“When I was born, doctors looked at my genitals and made assumptions about who I would be, and those assignments followed me and followed my identification throughout my life. Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then.”

Doty is currently in a legal battle with Canadian authorities for a birth certificate that also lists the baby’s gender as unknown.

Despite Doty’s best efforts to argue that her baby doesn’t have a gender, Scripture tells us in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” We don’t get to decide what gender we are. That is the Creator’s prerogative.

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November–December 2018

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