Members of the next incoming freshman class at
While we all like our privacy, just what kind of student requires these special accommodations? The answer: The newest fashionable minority on colleges campuses, ?transgender students.?
Fifty years ago, George Jorgensen stunned the world when he checked into a
Until recently, claims that someone was ?a man trapped in a woman?s body,? or vice versa, were regarded with skepticism. The reason is clear: Many of the people making these claims suffer from some kind of mental illness, and what they really need is treatment, not radical surgery. Even more importantly, there was a well-founded reluctance to believe that nature had somehow made a ?mistake.?
Now, as events at Brown demonstrate, we don?t hesitate to think that nature might have made a mistake. In fact, we deny that nature has anything to do with a person?s sex. That?s because of the influence that feminism and ?queer theory,? as it is called, have on college campuses.
For both of these philosophies, the idea that there is such a thing as fixed human nature, or one biologically determined, especially with regard to sexuality, is the enemy. If we are, as the Scriptures say, created male and female, then this limits our personal autonomy?which is, after all, the summum bonum of modern American life.
And so postmodern academics replaced the word sex with gender, a word historically associated with classification and description. This enabled feminists to claim that the qualities normally associated with the sexes were socially constructed, that is, imposed from without as opposed to being inherent. ?Queer theorists? depict human sexuality as a continuum as opposed to being ?either/or.? So a man, biologically, can choose to be feminine, and vice versa?just another life choice.
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