Sunday, June 14, 2009

Discussing the “transgender dilemma”

I'm skeptical that anybody is discussing a subject that has scare quotes around it.

Over at
Evangelical Village
Discussing the “transgender dilemma”

I posted the below comment, but it hasn't yet appeared. So, I suspect comment moderation is on.

TO: Tiro;

There are women who are born with XY chromosomes:

There are other possibilities besides XX=female and XY=male:

47,XXY, 47,XYY, 48,XXXY, 48,XXYY, 49,XXXXY, mosaic 46,XY/47,XXY, 47,XXX, 48,XXXX, 45,X...

There is also XX Male Syndrome:

You may be a 'Homochromosexual'

And furthermore;

The protogonads in a fetus differentiate for boys at around 7 weeks gestation into testes. At 15 weeks, the now-developed testes pump out testosterone, masculinizing the brain (if all goes right).

But there are things that can interfere with this process. Many pregnant women were given the drug Diethylstilbesterol (DES) to reduce the risk of miscarriage and 'promote healthy babies'. Here's a study that finds a strong correlation that the males that resulted from the pregnancy where DES was used have been transsexualized by the drug. The rate of a "DES Son" being transsexualized is 1 in 5. In contrast, the deformities caused by Thalidomide were only 1 in 10.

But there are transsexuals in the bible. They just aren't called 'transsexual', (a word coined in the 20th century,) but were referred to as 'eunuchs', for want of a better term.

Let not the eunuch say, 'Behold, I am a dry tree.' For thus says YAHWEH: 'To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.' -- Isaiah 56:3-5

For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it. -- Matthew 19:21

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, 'See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?' And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. -- Acts 8:35-38

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