Gender Identity

Since Marjorie Taylor Greene has declared that there are only two genders and she says that we must trust the science, I need to go into a short discussion on Biology.  In the beginning, boys and girls are the same and up until about week 7 to week 8 of pregnancy, both sexes have what’s known as a “genital ridge”, which is described as being an identical preliminary set of genitalia that will eventually differentiate to become either male or female sex organs.  That means that all our sex organs come from the same foundations, with the testes in men being equivalent to labia and ovaries in women, and the penis is the equivalent of the clitoris.  All human individuals, whether they have an XX, an XY, or an atypical sex chromosome combination (hey stuff happens), begin their sexual development from the same starting point.  During early development the gonads of the fetus remain undifferentiated, thus they are all fetal genitalia are the same and are phenotypically female.  After approximately 6 to 7 weeks of gestation, however, the expression of a gene on the Y chromosome induces changes that result in the development of the testes.

The basic differences between the sexes begins in the womb although the sex of a baby is determined by its chromosome make-up at conception.  An embryo with two X chromosomes will become a girl, while an embryo with an X-Y combination results in a boy.  Medical researchers have made a new discovery about how a baby’s sex is determined, saying that it’s not just about the X-Y chromosomes, but involves a “regulator” that increases or decreases the activity of genes, and this is what decides if we become male or female.  At around 18 to 22 weeks of pregnancy, a level 2 anatomy ultrasound can determine whether a baby is male or female by looking for a penis.

OK, Biology lesson is over, now on to what is a boy and what is a girl.  From the moment a baby is born, people start classifying them into two groups depending on which gender they have, but physical anatomical gender differences aren’t the only variances between the sexes.  Brain development has been found to be about the same, but their behavior is dependent on life experiences and girls are given pink clothes, bows and dolls, while boys are given blue clothes, toy cars and plastic swords in an effort to make them more feminine or more masculine.  At a young age, boys typically play with other boys and girls typically play with other girls to conform to standards of what is thought to be “right” and “wrong”, and this forces children to fit the role of their respective gender.

Society puts people into particular boxes where they are supposed to belong, and if they choose to step out of this box, they will immediately be seen as being different or abnormal.  If a girl wants to do something that a boy does, it seems weird, so they must continue to play with their dolls, or else their behavior will be perceived as wrong.  Time changes everything, and some of us don’t want to be stuck in the same mold for our whole lives.  Some people do not see gender as an either/or option and they might feel like they are both guy and girl, but that does not classify them as being neither.  It gets more and more complicated every year and choosing a sex that you want to identify with should be all about how it makes you feel.

If a guy wants to wear make-up like blush, foundation, lipstick, or dye his hair purple, or wear feminine undergarments, as long as he is not hurting anyone else, then it would not bother me.  More than 40 percent of transgender or “gender non-conforming” people have attempted suicide and this stems mostly from being bullied at school.  Same-sex marriage was yesterday’s battle to redefine gender roles and privileges, and transgender rights is what we are facing today, but this is still in a transformational stage.  This topic is splintering into a division of the entire human race on what it takes to be a male, or a female, or something else.  Maybe it is time to choose a different color besides blue and pink.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #111 which asks, “Do you believe that a person’s gender is inextricably tied to his or her sex at birth, or do you believe that a person can legitimately identify as a gender different from his or her birth gender?  Why do you believe what you believe?”

16 thoughts on “Gender Identity

  1. Thanks for the biology lesson, Jim. I’ve known a few people who feel that they were born with the wrong “equipment” and who totally identify with the opposite gender. I am not one, but I have some empathy for those who are in that situation. I can understand why the suicide rate (or at least attempts) among transgenders is so high.

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    1. I have never enjoyed being put in a box, unlike my cats who always like to jump inside of them. I think that enough time has passed by for me that I know where I know where I want to be, so I won’t be switching teams any time soon.

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  2. Great post. Yes, it is getting more complicated but it’s good that more people can be more open about there sexuality these days. This definitely wasn’t the case even as little as a few years ago.

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  3. For my own point of view, I don’t place value judgments on male and female. It’s just a fact of genetics whether you happened to have a Y or not. If you don’t place value judgments, you can allow the biological reality to express itself without heartburn.

    Those biological differences are fundamental to what kind of health issues one confronts. There are obvious physiological differences. There are obvious functional issues. That male/female dichotomy exists in every mammalian species. It is pretty clear that genetics has an influence on personality but with so much emotional and political baggage attached to the subject, it is impossible to even ask exactly what influence that Y chromosome might have.

    Most people feel perfectly comfortable being automatically thought of as being the same gender as their biological sex and I don’t see that changing any time soon. It militates against people who want to be thought of differently. Rather than challenging that, I think we need different language to describe the psychological feelings a person might have to divorce that from their genetic makeup.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your article and I do agree that people speak for GOD all the time and some are in error when they do speak because they speak from their feelings and interpretation instead of developing a strong intimate relationship with GOD and allowing his Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) to minister to them. However, the bible specifically the King James Version, states in genesis 1:27; “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 2:21: “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;” Genesis 2:22; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Genesis 2:23; “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:24; “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

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    1. Do you know how many times the Bible has been reinterpreted into different languages? The Bible that most people see came from the Greek translation, because at one time that was the dominant language and that does not say rib, it says curve, which most people just assumed was rib, but I think it means DNA, as that is a curved helix shape. I don’t write stuff on my website so I can get into arguments about religion, as everyone has their own opinions and as far as I am concerned everyone can believe whatever they want.

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      1. I do know that the bible has been translated many times and the translators have gotten it wrong. The bible is not about religion its more of a spiritual thing in my opinion but like you said we all have the right to believe what we want. I wasn’t arguing with you just commenting like other folks did on your post. thank you for responding.

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