A while back the wordpress reader brought me to a blogger sharing a video about how being transgender is not at all like being intersex, as much as many transsexuals (and even crossdressers) want to claim they are similar things. Watch the video at the blog – here. I am not familiar with the blogger, and haven’t had the time to research the site for. I am also not familiar with the person who is speaking in the video. I am simply sharing this because the insights in the video were very interesting to me.
The video shows that it can be offensive, and it is illogical, to use the reality of intersex conditions in the world to argue for there not being only 2 genders. It is illogical also to use the reality of intersex conditions in the world to argue for transgenderism (or crossdressing). Now of course, the video is not saying that being transgender is morally wrong, but just for transsexuals to check their arguments. I don’t agree with everything in the video but I am glad this person is setting the record straight on that issue.
“Intersex is not glamorous.” This is one of the best quotes. Intersex is used often by transsexuals to talk about the beauty of ambiguous gender in the world, or the beauty of people who live as both male and female at separate times. And yet intersex conditions have caused so much pain to intersexed people. They don’t view that part of who they are as a beautiful thing and neither do I. They view it as something to get medical help to deal with properly, something to be overcome. It is probably similar to how view my own bodily abnormality in my limb as something which is not beautiful and which I need medical help to address.
The speaker in the video also talks about how so many people – homosexuals, transgendered people – are wanting to find some scientific basis to prove that they were born the way they were. I see why this is so important to people, but really it is not that important, at least for Christians. Christians believe we are all born with desires that aren’t good, and all born with bodily abnormalities and problems. Crossdressers and transgendered people are desperate to claim we were born the way we were, because if that is true, than we can give in and do what we want. But that argument simply doesn’t work. See my post – But I was born with these desires.
There is of course much more that can be said about intersexuality and those born as hermaphrodites, and I plan to tackle that subject at a later date. It will be a short post as I am not an expert on that topic, but I’ll look at how we can think of such conditions biblically and theologically. I’ll tackle the hard question, “did God create them that way?” And I’ll give some suggestions as to how to even approach giving answers to that question.