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Unintended Consequences

When does an unintended consequence turn into a decision? How about when enough time has passed for one to recognize that even if the consequence was undesired, it is to be expected? I was thinking of this question when I read a plaintive article. The female author was decrying the “unexpected consequences of feminism and...

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Should I Call My Son, My Daughter?

Dear Rabbi Lapin and Susan, While still in college and near his 20th birthday, my son announced his decision to start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help him look more like how he feels inside, a woman. He says he’s felt this way since early in high school, and he told us he’d already legally...

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Gender and Geography

As a child growing up in South Africa, National Geographic magazine was not just something to pick up idly in the dentist’s waiting room.  It was a monthly magic carpet ride that enchanted me so much that a subscription bringing that familiar yellow cover to our mailbox each month was one of my favorite birthday...

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Pandas and People

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 …

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What’s up with gender?

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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