The gender confusion

Many theists won’t, or cannot accept that there are more than two genders, and this is probably because the Bible never mentioned it. As the LBGT movement has gained more protection, theists tend to be on the offensive and claim that there’s just male and female (Adam and Eve), but this simply isn’t the case, and the evidence that this is wrong is out there, if only they were prepared to take off the God goggles.

If we look at the human species in relation to reproduction then there are two clear distinctions. The majority of people are born with 46 chromosomes, and most males are 46XY, and most females are 46XX, but this isn’t always the case. Most cultures accept boys/men, and girls/women, but there’s a third option that some people clearly cannot accept, and this is known as non-binary and covers a whole spectrum of sexuality. Sexual explain someone’s area of attraction, ie: heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual etc, but gender differs in what a person considers themselves to be.

Not everyone is born into the correct body, as in a person may be trapped within a male’s body, but psychologically feel that they are a woman, and struggle to be what’s expected in their gender roles. This often leads to transgender, which is a person accepting that they aren’t the gender identity that they were born as, and some seek medical and psychological treatment so they can start the process of becoming a transsexual, which involves surgery and medicines to align their bodies to their identified gender.

Many theists insist that homosexuality or transgender isn’t real, and it’s in fact a psychological error, or mental illness, and this is because if they accept the idea of more than two genders, then it implies that their God isn’t being honest, if the Bible is to be considered his word, or the alternative is that their God made mistakes in his intelligent design by creating more than two genders and sexualities, and implies that he isn’t the perfect God. So essentially this is one of those ‘la la la, I’m not listening‘ moments.

So for a moment let’s assume that they are correct, they aren’t but we will momentarily give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s said that between 1% and 2% of the world’s population is born as an ‘intersex‘ individual. Which means that potentially one/two out of every hundred babies born cannot identify physically as either a boy or a girl. In fact if we are going to compare it to something, it’s as common as having red hair, which is averaged at approximately 1.7% of the world’s population which equates to 132.6,000,000 people. How can such a high number of people that are living their lives unsure what gender to associate themselves with, be ignored?

Intersex is a non-stigmatic term used to define people who in the past were described as being a subject of hermaphroditism, and I will take a quote from Wikipedia that sums it up better than I can.

“Intersex people are individuals born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies”

Theists, please accept that not everything is as black and white as your narrow minds think, and consider that there are decent, law abiding, and moral people out there, that struggle with their identity, and are considered outsiders by most of society, but no more so than religious groups.