As we all know, the Jenner controversy has been all over the news, and people are discussing anything and everything to do with transgenderism. Much of what is being discussed I have already discussed on my blog, and so I’m not going to spend a long time repeating myself. Instead, I thought I would link to some of the more interesting and thought provoking articles that I’ve read lately. I’ll give just a couple comments about each one.
Before I link the articles, I just wanted to make a comment about the whole Olympic medal controversy. Jenner has said he always knew he was really a woman. So some say he should have his medal taken away because he was not supposed to be competing with the men if he really is a woman. The Olympic committee has said they are not going to take his medal away, as he was not on hormones at the time, so it is not a problem. Personally, I think the people protesting have a good point, and this whole medal issue makes something clear: No one actually believes that Jenner is a real woman. We all know that he has XY chromosomes and scientifically is a male. But because of political correctness and tolerance gone a muck, most people still want to go along with the delusion that Jenner is a female. I think this is a kind of hypocrisy. It’s not really fair that while most people do not believe that people can really change their sex, the ones who actually admit they believe this are ridiculed and called bigots.
Helpful corrective to ensure we don’t speak with hypocrisy or arrogance when all of us struggle with our own baggage. We need to love and pray for Jenner.
Desiring God – How Should We Respond to Caitlyn Jenner
This article does a nice job at proclaiming the clear biblical truth about transgenderism, but also wrestles with the pain and real struggle of Jenner’s story. The author advocates strongly for compassion. Jenner’s personhood, being made in the image of God, is emphasized.
Desiring God – Is it Okay to Be a Christian and Be Transgendered?
This article is pretty harsh but makes a lot of great points worth reflecting on, notably Jenner’s way of talking about himself with two personas, and how transgenderism relates to feminism. The author clearly articulates how Jenner is not really a woman, no matter how much makeup he is wearing to make himself appear like one. Harshness aside, this article makes great points I hope people will consider.
This article explores the notion of claiming that you can have a female soul, but a male body, a proposition which doesn’t make sense, because if you believe in God, God would not make such a mistake, and if you don’t believe in God, why believe that people have souls?
This article is a bit harsh, but makes good points. I appreciated the comparison to anorexia, imagining people celebrating an anorexic woman’s delusions of being overweight.
Moving story of a man who went through sex reassignment surgery but regretted it as it did not fix his unhappiness.
Gospel Coalition – Caitlyn Jenner and Love in the Future Tense
Good article about the importance of biblical truth on this subject, and yet the need to speak about it in love.
Very long and informative article, with much about the history of transgenderism in the USA.
“Bailey, who has devoted his academic career to outré forms of human sexuality, argued that transgenderism (the new, politically correct word for what was called “transsexualism” a decade ago) isn’t a matter of a mismatch between one’s body and one’s innate identity, as transgender activists and their numerous allies have been arguing. Instead, it’s a matter of sexual desire and romantic yearning. “Those who love men become women to attract them,” Bailey wrote. “Those who love women become the women they love.””
Interesting article looking at all the religiosity and even worship surrounding this whole Jenner saga. The article also gets into the scary truth that transgender activists want us to rewrite history.
Examines the various Christian responses to the Jenner saga.
Some helpful points in here, thoughtful discussion, and some points about Ray Blanchard’s theories about transgenderism.