While these ideas didn?t hold much sway among ordinary Americans, they?ve become articles of faith on college campuses and among elites. They?ve been added to another staple of postmodern thought, identity politics, which views membership in a particular group as the basis for all action. The result is separate dorms for ?transgender students??that is, men who choose to be feminine and women who choose to be masculine.
If this sounds absurd to you, you?re not alone. Phillip Johnson tells a story in his great book The Right Questions about a fellow faculty member at
Even postmodern academics can be awakened when they see where their worldview leads. On some level they still understand that transgender, as it is called, is not only a violation of the moral order, but also a violation of the biological order. It takes a lot more to overcome ?male and female He created them? than checking a box on a college housing form.
For further reading and information:
Fred A. Bernstein, ? On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101 ,? New York Times,
Lotem Almog, ? ResCouncil passes co-ed housing resolution ,? Brown Daily Herald,
Jim Brown, ? Another First for American Education: ?Gender-Blind? Dorms ,? Catholic Exchange,
Donald P. Myers, ? A Changed Man ,? Newsday (biographical article about George Jorgensen).
Phillip E. Johnson, The Right Questions: Truth, Meaning, and Public Debate (InterVarsity, 2002).
John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl (HarperCollins, 2000).
Mike S. Adams, ? A queer theory of free speech ,? Townhall.com, 15 January 2004.