Sunday, June 8, 2014

THE REDUCTION OF THE HUMAN PERSON TO A WHAT, NOT A WHO


"What began in feminism as a movement of liberation is bound to end in a slavery worse than the first. For if there really existed a world in which 'sexual characteristics' are the mere 'product' of 'culture,' in which Mark might just as well have Martha's personality, and Antigone the personality of Achilles--person would be reduced to fleshless cipers, to mere intersection points in the graph of a social culture.
--Karl Stern, The Flight from Woman, 1965

Understanding [the transgender rights movement]...requires viewing sex and gender as two different concepts--sex is biological, determined by a baby's birth anatomy; gender is cultural, a set of behaviors learned through human interaction....Sexual preferences, meanwhile, are a separate matter altogether. There is no concrete correlation between a person's gender identity and sexual interests; a heterosexual woman, for instance, might start living as a man and still be attracted to men. One oft-cited explanation is that sexual orientation determines who you want to go to bed with and gender identity determines what you want to go to bed as.
--From an article by Katy Steinmetz in the June 9, 2014 issue of Time entitled "America's Transition"


LILY PAD AND GIANT KOI
COURTYARD, PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM,
PASADENA, CA



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