My husband and I are independents. We do not consider ourselves members of any political party because neither party has represented the average citizen for decades. As Christians we think it is pretty important to be able to call both sides to account for their actions. So this week it is time to hold liberals accountable for their harmful and ridiculous policies. It is time to call the transgender bathroom policies what they are—child abuse and misogyny.
Most people regardless of their religion (or lack there of) agree that behavior that causes harm is morally wrong. So why is this so hard for the left to understand that ignoring the biological reality of sex is wrong? I know that Hollywood loves to show buff women heroes beating the crap out of men. I enjoy watching those movies. But the difference is that I realize that it is just a movie. It is not real. Men are biologically bigger and stronger, a fact this tom-girl learned through experience. No matter how much you work-out or train, a woman is biologically disadvantaged in terms of building muscle. That is a fact. Pretending otherwise does not change this fact. Pretending that a person who is biologically male is female does not make them so. It does not help them or affirm them. It encourages mental confusion that may lead them down a road of trying to medically deny their biological gender with puberty blockers. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer. Even getting a sex-change and amputating their healthy body parts does not help them. It does not take away the mental confusion or emotional turmoil. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries. A transgendered person’s biological sex is already determined and there is nothing that can be done to change it. That is a fact.
But the bathroom policy does more than harm transgendered persons, it harms society at large. It exposes children to confusing and inappropriate sights. It allows the personal space and privacy of little girls to be invaded by adult men that they do not know. Girls are not suppose to feel comfortable disrobing in front of the opposite sex. Neither are they suppose to feel comfortable when the opposite sex disrobes in front of them. Those are natural and normal inhibitions that should be respected because they keep children safe and protect their non-sexualized experience of childhood. Transgender bathroom policies encourage children to ignore their inner compass and accept something unnatural. It encourages them to stifle the inner voice that keeps them safe.
It does more than that to women. It prohibits the legal protections that they used to enjoy. A woman used to be able to alert security or the police to the presence of a creepy guy in the women’s bathroom. It was recognized that a man did not belong in the women’s bathroom. Women and children were protected from what used to be called indecent exposure and exhibitionism. This law seeks to remove legal protection from them. This is not theoretical. It has already happened.
So how do we help our transgendered brethren? We cannot help them by affirming a biological lie. This will only harm them. We can have compassion for their very real struggle that is not their fault. We can model normal behavior for them. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
Another thing we can do is to affirm traditional marriage and the important roles of mother and father. Children growing up in environments without a parent of the same sex face much more gender confusion than those growing up with access to both parents. This is pretty basic common sense. If you are lacking a parental role model, you are going to be confused about your identity. We can attack the root of the problem and not allow more children to go through this painful state.
How to respond to those clamoring for the subversion of gender?
One response is to recognize the world-view component of the effects of sin upon the human disposition. A world-view which does not recognize any gender boundaries will, of course, not acknowledge any effects of sin within society. Humans are not free to “write their own rules” so to speak. A world-view which does acknowledge sin, can grasp how gender-bending might be one way to protest the way that God has fashioned his creation.
As Pradeep Tilak points out, the basic scheme of Creation-Fall-Redemption is fundamental to understanding both how humans are beautiful in being created in the image of God and terribly damaged by the ravaging effects of sin. Worldview Apologetics by Pradeep and Locust & Honey attempts to address how that dual emphasis gives Christian a powerful explanatory tool compared to other world-views, such as Hinduism and Naturalism.