Posts tagged " gender "

Pandas and People

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

The Atlanta zoo has announced that its two recently born baby pandas are both female. Let me get this straight. Pandas are born with a gender while we are now told to assume that people are assigned a gender at birth and may change that gender when they wish. Lest that strikes you as bizarre, one of my daughters got a catalog from J. Crew that isn’t even sure that humans are humans. It was addressed to her or, in case she isn’t here,  to ‘another delightful creature.’ I get their point. Since everything that used to be fixed in the universe is up for grabs, why assume that referring to people as people will not soon become something only deplorable people who cling to their guns and religion do?

What’s up with gender?

February 25th, 2016 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

I’ve noticed a change in your writings. Why do you now use the word gender instead of sex?

∼ Kristal M.

Answer:

Dear Kristal,

What an astute observation. We’re a bit humbled that you are paying such close attention to our words. The answer to your question is simple, but the implications are not.

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