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(Photo: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo)Gender Neutral Restroom sign is seen placed outside a restroom for the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 9, 2016.
On September 27th, The New York Times published an article, entitled "Male, Female or 'X': The Push for a Third Choice on Official Forms." The subject of the article is that the new sexual revolution has prompted some governmental entities to add a third option, 'X,' to the standard options of male and female on some documents, but that many other entities and documents still operate under the old binary system, and this inconsistency creates difficulties for people who identify as transgender.
Author - Andy - Newman - Labors - Situation
The author, Andy Newman, labors valiantly to describe the situation of Charlie Arrowood, bandying about the cumbersome third-person plural as if it were a neuter singular, and referring to "Mx. Arrowood." Charlie, we are told, transitioned from a female—but transitioned to what? Not a male, apparently. An 'X.' Now 'they' are going to capitalize on forthcoming legislative changes to get 'their' birth certificate changed by the Empire State. But 'their' driver's license will not (yet) see a commensurate change.
This inconsistency of policies and forms is, indeed, bound to create confusion. But it marks something much deeper than bureaucratic inefficiency. It exists because the revolution has not, in fact, yet won the day. It marks the fact that efforts to root human identity in the subjectivity of feelings, rather than the objectivity of biology, have not yet triumphed. The way many cultural elites talk may give the impression that the transgender revolt against God, humanity, biology, and reason, has conquered; but, as the great 20th century philosopher Yogi Berra reminded us, "It ain't over 'til it's over."
Concern - Individuals - Article - Sort
The concern of the individuals described in the article should remind all of us that this sort of...
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