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    Agreeing with a “Notorious Amazon Feminist”

    My husband showed me an article last week from the Wall Street Journal he thought I would find very interesting. It was an interview with self-described “notorious Amazon feminist” Camille Paglia who boldly declared that ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization, leading to its collapse. According to Ms. Paglia, men and women need to be honest about the role biology plays to make them different. In this case, we conservatives who represent the “right” can agree with someone who represents the “left.” Humans are “male and female” not neuters. The interesting thing is that I was in a recent discussion about this very issue…

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    On Gender and Refusing to Disclose It

    There was a storm of controversy recently over a Toronto couple’s announcement that they were not disclosing the sex of their now 4-month-old baby. They “believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females.” Not only are they raising their child Storm to be genderless, but they decided not to tell the world—and the world did not like that one bit. The mother, Kathy Witterick, writes, “When the baby comes out, even the people who love you the most and know you so intimately, the first question they ask is, ‘Is it a girl or a…

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    The Gender Spectrum

    When I use the term “gender spectrum,” you might think in terms of masculinity on one end and femininity on the other. We hear men being prompted to “get in touch with your feminine side.” (For some reason, women never seem to be exhorted to “get in touch with your masculine side.” Huh.) But I don’t think that’s the way it works. In Genesis 1, we are told that “God created them male and female” (Gen. 1:27). I think, rather, that there is one spectrum of masculinity and another spectrum of femininity. I also think that God is the one who chooses where on the spectrum babies are born, according…