Beyond the Gender Binary

By Julie Roys
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“We need to move beyond the gender binary.” So espoused a student at a recent public high school event for teachers designed to create empathy for so-called transgender students. By gender binary, the student meant the classification of sex and gender into the two distinct categories of male and female. She was responding to a question from a drama teacher who asked if requiring students to write screenplays with solely male and female characters is too restrictive. Yes, it is, the student replied. And, by doing so, this student revealed the seldom publicly-announced end-game of the LGBTQ community. That’s short for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and now – questioning people.

You see, this group doesn’t merely seek the right for gays to marry or form civil unions. In fact, many in this community view such goals as capitulations to an oppressive heterosexist culture. Instead, the LGBTQ community increasingly is advocating the complete demise of heterosexual – or binary – society. They want a society where people pick and choose which biological and psychological gender traits they wish to keep or reject; and, as two post-genderists write, where “individuals of any sex reproduce in any combination they choose.”

This is where the gay agenda is leading and Christians need to recognize it. Many of us are uncritically accepting this agenda, not realizing how completely incompatible it is with Christianity, nor what the logical conclusions of its premises are. As it’s currently packaged, gays simply are trying to achieve human rights and guard against bullying. As people who believe all humans are made in God’s image, Christians naturally sympathize with these aims.

But, think for a moment about the basic premise on which the LGBTQ worldview is based. Many think this community believes that sexuality is static –that we’re “born with it.” But, that view is quickly falling out of vogue and replacing it is so-called “queer theory.” This ideology espouses that all sexual difference and behavior is a product of social conditioning, not nature. God did not make people male and female; they simply evolved into the current binary gender structure. But, as society recognizes how overly restrictive this structure is, it will embrace a polymorphous range of sexualities: not simply hetero- and homosexuality. That’s why lesbian and gay has morphed into LGBTQ. But, it doesn’t end there.

You see, if gender is arbitrary and people are animals, then bestiality is next. In fact, a Florida newspaper recently published an article announcing bestiality as the next sexual rights movement. I’m sure before too long, schools will be hosting events to create empathy for so-called “zoophiles.”

Christians, we need to wake up and resist the LGBTQ agenda. We must become worldview missionaries – doing what Francis Schaeffer termed “taking the roof off”: compelling people to face the logical conclusions of their faulty premises. And then, we must lead them to the sanity that can only be found in Christianity.

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28 thoughts on “Beyond the Gender Binary”

  1. Julie,

    I do believe you’re not trying to hate or ridicule. However, I’d like to join the discussion ;)

    You say
    >> You see, if gender is arbitrary and people are animals, then bestiality is next.

    No. Homosexuality has been around for millennia, it affects millions, and it is gaining acceptance.
    There is no such development in the area of paedophilia or zoophilia. (Not saying that there aren’t mislead groups out there – I’m saying they aren’t garnering a whole lot of followers or influence, let alone acceptance).

    You say
    >> They want a society where people pick and choose which biological and psychological gender traits they wish to keep or reject.

    That’s wrong.

    Queer theory states that people don’t pick their sexuality. On the contrary, because there’s nothing they can do about it, society should accept them as they are and not discriminate against them. This neither decribes a static sexuality, nor a sexuality of choice, but rather a sexuality that is restricted by certain individual cornerstones, but can also be explored within those. You quote Marjorie King – are you sure she is the best source on this?

    Think about the LGBTQ-community not as a group of people who want to undermine what you believe in, but as people who are oppressed, ridiculed and made to believe they are sick, perverted and despisable – yes, in a culture that many religious fundamentalists view as too open and godless. (See http://www.itgetsbetter.org – for insight on how oppressed queer youth still feel.)

    Also, think about a society in which they are allowed to live out their dreams. What is going to happen?
    As you said, not even Israel was able to follow God’s law completely. Let’s suppose the Bible is right – still, most western governments separate the state from any religious group.

    No one will be saved or lost (in the Christian sense) by changing the law, and you will still be allowed to marry the man you love and live a conservative, heterosexual marriage.
    As far as I remember, Jesus never commanded his disciples to go out and make theocratic countries.
    Give to the emperor what is due to him, and to god what is due to god:
    Follow your own religious believes and, if you are restricted in that, fight for your right. Tell others about your believes if you must.
    But don’t try to make your country into another Afghanistan.

    On a sidenote – what is your take on biological evidence, such as homosexual men’s brain function being different from heterosexual men’s?
    Or intersexed people?

  2. Julie,

    I do believe you’re not trying to hate or ridicule. However, I’d like to join the discussion ;)

    You say
    >> You see, if gender is arbitrary and people are animals, then bestiality is next.

    No. Homosexuality has been around for millennia, it affects millions, and it is gaining acceptance.
    There is no such development in the area of paedophilia or zoophilia. (Not saying that there aren’t mislead groups out there – I’m saying they aren’t garnering a whole lot of followers or influence, let alone acceptance).

    You say
    >> They want a society where people pick and choose which biological and psychological gender traits they wish to keep or reject.

    That’s wrong.

    Queer theory states that people don’t pick their sexuality. On the contrary, because there’s nothing they can do about it, society should accept them as they are and not discriminate against them. This neither decribes a static sexuality, nor a sexuality of choice, but rather a sexuality that is restricted by certain individual cornerstones, but can also be explored within those. You quote Marjorie King – are you sure she is the best source on this?

    Think about the LGBTQ-community not as a group of people who want to undermine what you believe in, but as people who are oppressed, ridiculed and made to believe they are sick, perverted and despisable – yes, in a culture that many religious fundamentalists view as too open and godless. (See http://www.itgetsbetter.org – for insight on how oppressed queer youth still feel.)

    Also, think about a society in which they are allowed to live out their dreams. What is going to happen?
    As you said, not even Israel was able to follow God’s law completely. Let’s suppose the Bible is right – still, most western governments separate the state from any religious group.

    No one will be saved or lost (in the Christian sense) by changing the law, and you will still be allowed to marry the man you love and live a conservative, heterosexual marriage.
    As far as I remember, Jesus never commanded his disciples to go out and make theocratic countries.
    Give to the emperor what is due to him, and to god what is due to god:
    Follow your own religious believes and, if you are restricted in that, fight for your right. Tell others about your believes if you must.
    But don’t try to make your country into another Afghanistan.

    On a sidenote – what is your take on biological evidence, such as homosexual men’s brain function being different from heterosexual men’s?
    Or intersexed people?

  3. Anh…
    I’m probably going to close this discussion because I simply don’t have the time to continue it. Plus, I think we’ve pretty much exhausted the topic. Now, I’m repeating myself. But, here’s my answer…
    On bestiality and pedophilia… The point is that you have to follow a worldview to its logical conclusion. A core component of the Christian worldview is that people are made in God’s image and He designed our sexuality to symbolically represent the life and love of the Trinity. This has clear implications for human sexual behavior. Those who condone homosexuality reject this worldview. Most often, their aplogists adopt a naturalistic worldview that presupposes humans are animals — simply more evolved. This, then, makes morality simply a human construct that can change with time. Pedophilia and bestiality may not be accepted today, but it’s more accepted than it was. But, most importantly, there’s no way to denounce it based on a naturalistic worldview.

    As for queer theory… Just read more of it. The idea of picking and choosing and re-creating gender is definitely there. Just look at how gay and lesbian has already morphed to include more categories… transgender, bi-, questioning. I’m sure more will be added in the future. Lesbian who has a sex change and now considers herself straight, etc…
    As for whether or not “gay” is an immutable trait, or a behavior… Have you read Jones and Yarhouse’s study? Here’s a review.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7623/is_200907/ai_n42042540/

    Lastly, on the difference in gay and straight brains. The famous study showing a difference is fundamentally flawed. All the gay subjects also had AIDS. Plus, new research shows that the brain is constantly molding according to behavior. So, there’s also a question as to what’s the chicken and what’s the egg.

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