(Quote) Jerry-74383 said:
So-called gender reassignment is anything but: surgical alteration of the external genita...
(Quote) Jerry-74383 said:
So-called gender reassignment is anything but: surgical alteration of the external genitalia and hormone therapy don't change the individuals genotype -- when all is said and done, their genetic makeup, which is what determines sex, is the same on the day they die as it was on the day they were born.
Beyond that, the lunacy in most of these proposed bathroom laws is that they allow an individual to use whatever bathroom they wish based solely on a spurious claim by the individual: in at least one case (I think it is MA, but I could be wrong) the schools are not even allowed to verify the claim with the student's parents or physician. Make no mistake: those pushing these laws don't care one iota for the welfare of the students -- their only objective is to further disrupt the moral fabric of society.
HI Jerry, I was just wondering where you have been . You are correct in some gender reassignments the genetic sex is actually xx or xy. In some it is not. Just as there are morphological differences along a continuum of variation and a continuum of ambiguity in the external genitalia, all genetic coding is not black and white and additional sex chromosomes are possible in a number of combinations. Based on the work of Dr. John Money from Johns Hopkins, the protocol for dealing with ambiguous infants was established. A protocol that we recognize today is not necessarily optimal for all cases. The advent of genetic testing has helped in many situations, but not all. One of the issues currently recognized is that hormonal imbalances during pregnancy can disrupt development of nueral pathways creating brains that are wired differently than the norm for certain genetic and biological sexes.
Additionally, there are certain conditions which create differences, among people in the Dominican Republic and also among some groups in the highlands of New Guinea is a condition known as 5-alpha reductase deficiency or 5-ARD, which results in genetic males and prevents the proper metabolism of testosterone in the womb, affecting male fetal development. Generally when the secondary hormones kick in a puberty more male characteristics develop but these children in the Domincan Republic are usually raised as female until that time, known as guevodoces, among those in Papua New Guinea the term is turniman. Affecting females is a condition known as CAH or Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. This condition can affect males as well but results in death unless swiftly caught and treated. In girls, it results in virilized anatomy. It can be treated in utero if caught and prevent some of the ambiguity of the external genitalia and neural pathways. These are just two of the conditions that can result in ambiguity and crossed wires in the brain.
These are conditions that all present some for of gender identity issue, but not all gender identity issues can be traced to a specific hormonal, genetic, or environmental toxin exposure, but some can and these need to be considered in these types of discussions.
These discussions often devolve into a nature vs nurture dichotomy, but as we gain more information we find it is not such a clear cut situation. Unfortunately, both sides of the debate often try to confine it to such a dichotomy. And, it saddens me, when issues get tacked onto agendas which in the end are probably more detrimental than helpful to the actual situations and lives of those involved.
As an undergraduate I undertook an independent study of the topic of third gender. I wanted to examine whether or not biological third gender mapped onto cultural third gender. I presented at conference and have guest lectured on the study.
So while I agree that there needs to be some common sense in the application of the bathroom law and there should be some legitimate verifiable documentation about the conditions that would prompt a child to use the technically opposite sex bathroom. I can see also situations where this would be beneficial to the child. And, yes of course there will be some who try to abuse the situation as there are in any situation.
And, I do agree that the agenda being pushed is most probably not geared toward the welfare of individuals suffering from legitimate conditions, but they get tacked onto the agenda for sympathy votes if you will, used to advance other agendas. We still need to be discriminating enough to tease out the legitimate from the non-legitimate and examine the issue from multiple angles and act appropriately, not just react to the apparent contrariness of the proposed action. Life is miraculous and deserving of dignity. It is also messy and imperfect. God gave us two things that allow us to navigate this messy world, a heart to prompt us to love and act on behalf of another and a mind to puzzle out confusing messy life. BOTH must be developed in order to be applied appropriately to the issues and problems of our world. We run into trouble when one or both of these gifts are left undeveloped or underdeveloped. God has also given us our faith and the Church which provide the foundations for the development of both of these gifts. But, even in that we sometimes develop only one muscle and not both.