Category Archives: Gender

Men are stronger

Over the last couple of days I’ve stated something that shouldn’t be controversial but is: that men and women at a fundamental biological level are different – our chromosomes, our bone structure, our hormones, our differing responses to disease and yes our genitals mean that we

The same but different (part 2)

Yesterday I posted a longer article about the challenges contemporary society has in even being able to answer the questions ‘what is a man?’ and ‘what is a woman?’ I also found a very similar article I had in draft form, but had never published.

Men and women are different but it’s complicated

Just recently, Germaine Greer made the news by saying that transgendered women are not real women. When you need the obvious stating, it’s always good to get an Australian to do it. Yet the question, ‘what is a woman?’, gets to the root of many

Intersex: A short primer

There was a time (actually not all that long ago) where it seemed that the issue of gender was fairly straightforward, there were two of them, one male and one female. Yet humans are far more complicated than that. This relates not so much to the

What is truth? The battle for identity

It’s a question I’m not sure anyone expected to be wrestling with, ‘what makes a person black?’ because at one very basic level the answer seems obvious – the colour of your skin. Yet as with the case of Rachel Dolezal, nothing is quite that

Four observations about the transgender debate

“But beyond this, my child, be warned: the writing of many blogs about Caitlyn Jenner  is endless, and excessive devotion to blogs about Caitlyn Jenner is wearying to the body.” That’s pretty much what I think the writer of Ecclesiastes would say after the most recent

The masculine and feminine God

When it comes to discussing gender and faith where should you start? Well, the nature of God would seem to be a good place, although even here it is contended ground. On the egalitarian side is the statement: God is spirit. So Claire Jones in an

The state of men

Something is wrong with boys & men: this, of course, is not news to anyone. The causes and solutions are much debated but something is up. There are problems that seem to be getting worse. Take for example education. Girls are outclassing boys at school and