Gender 

From boys to men

There is, it would seem, a problem with men. There is something wrong with our conceptions of masculinity (NB: Some swearing). There are too many examples of toxic masculinity to list. We wonder, time and time again, what does it mean to be a man? The quest is on in search of non-toxic manhood. Masculinity needs redefining, men need help to form friendships, and boys need some help, they are even underpaid! Although let’s not get too carried away. Roger Olson observes that we have feminism but we don’t have…

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Gender 

The battle for biology heats up

I predicted some years ago that society would face a battle over biology as transgender activists seek to change laws in their favour. There was always an inherent contradiction but the ideology doesn’t care about coherence or consistency. So, we are witnessing an increasing battle between feminists, sportswomen and some scientists on the one side and transgender/woke activists on the other. What is interesting though is to see who has control of the media – who gets to produce the next heart-warming movie about a man becoming a woman or…

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Gender 

The Transgender issue: further links and readings

It seems that over the past few years about once every six months or so I post something on this issue. I started writing about this perhaps as much as six years ago. Then it was still a fringe development in western culture but now it is a campaign whose time has come. The T is fixed in the LGBTQ constellation. As a result there are profound social changes going on and social policies are being formed without any clear (at least to me) philosophical or ethical foundation which makes…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender III (Bumper links edition)

This is the third in a series of link posts The first was on the role of women in the church The second was about men and women in society This one is all about the fast moving transgender movement Disclaimers here about non-endorsements et cetera et cetera On transgender & technology The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation. Consider this paragraph: Contrary to popular perception and much of the transgender movement’s own rhetoric, transgender activism is not about compassion and dignity. Although transgender advocacy is couched in the language…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender II (Bumper links edition)

In my previous set of links I outlined three main areas of conversation around gender & the church.  The differing views on the role of women in the church This one on men and women in society The next one on the transgender movement So usual disclaimers about not endorsing and not trying to be comprehensive blah blah blah. Let’s get to it. On men, women & society Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World The Gender War Is On! And Fake Why…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender (bumper links edition)

Not all that long ago there used to be just one conversation in the church when it came to gender – ‘what does the Bible say about the role of women?’ Now I think there are at least two additional conversations around gender. The two additional conversations are much bigger and louder, currently, than the one mentioned above. Firstly around how we even understand the word ‘gender’ at all and in particular how that relates to the fast developing and aggressive transgender movement (I’ll put out a links reading list…

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Gender 

The rise and rise of transgenderism

As I was writing the headline for this piece I went to write the word ‘debate’ and then changed my mind. No one is really debating this issue. The Economist ran a series of viewpoints on transgender issues but I didn’t see a viewpoint that actually critiqued the prevailing wind. It was a series amongst people who broadly speaking agree with each other. I don’t really see that changing. I do see western society absolutely hurtling towards the most significant social change it has ever made without very little thought and…

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Gender 

The defects of believers

I try to make it a habit of reading several websites that have no love for religion in general or Christianity in particular. They love scientific studies because you know science is good, religion is bad. They really love studies that take a shot at religion. As Alex Fradera explains, The number of people who claim to have “No religious belief” is fast-growing in America and Europe, but the number expressing religious belief is growing faster. What’s more, the irreligious category includes fans of astrology, tarot reading or the paranormal. The tenacity of…

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