So…apparently manhood is about more than leadership ability…
And the Bible says that both men and women are usually required to display both masculine and feminine characteristics throughout their lives, depending on the situation. Our author for this chapter agrees that this is “the healthiest examples of humans”.
I guess it’s okay for men to act female, so long as it’s not too frequently and only as long as it’s necessary. The same for women.
I feel like it’s going to be tough to actually pinpoint the difference between men and women.
Ahh…there’s a formula! Maleness + masculine behavior = manhood.
Snerk…I think we’re going to go through this entire chapter without reading the word penis. Oh yes, there is plenty of bouncing around the subject, but the closest our male author can say is “the male anatomy is different from the female anatomy. I hope that doesn’t shock you.”
Actually, what shocks me is that this book is all about sexuality and yet our authors are squeamish about technical terms. Yes, men have penis’ and women have vaginas.
On a side note, I love how certain types of people insert the word “the” in front of any term that makes them uncomfortable. The Gays. The Female Anatomy. The Blacks. It just sounds weird to me and I’m the person who had an epiphany about the word “the” while listening to my dad read The Call of the Wild when I was in 1st grade. I declared that my writing would be changed forever because of this important word.
Gack!! “Males have male parts and females have female parts, and they always will, unless some unnatural inhibition occurs” (my emphasis) which is why more than just anatomy matters. ERM…so being born a hermaphrodite is an unnatural inhibition?!? That’s insulting both to the God that made such an event possible (if you believe in God) and to the baby that definitely didn’t choose to be formed that way. Unless this moron thinks that the baby is Satan’s spawn that needs to be exterminated?
Snerk. The “societal perspective” of maleness. Apparently even though what is decidedly male or female has changed over the centuries, supposedly it averages out to where everyone knows what is male and what is female and there is no in between.
First, men used to be the primary wearer of high heeled shoes. Secondly, pink was the color for boys because of it’s relation to red, a masculine color. Thirdly, up until about the 1930s, all children, boys and girls were dressed alike in dresses up until the age of 3 or so; dresses because it made changing diapers easier, dressed in the same clothes to save money on baby clothes.
Fourthly, there are a number of cultures around the world which had more than 2 genders. This third (or fourth) gender could have been totally respected or was relegated to the shadows or had a place somewhere in between; it all depended on the specific culture.
What’s most baffling for me is that this author would risk including “societal perspective” as evidence for what makes a man a man since there are so many complaints about modern Americans normalizing the LGBTQ community. If they took a poll, I think most people would say that manhood is more than what is between a person’s legs.
Which, by the way, makes this even funnier! I mean the argument is that solely by looking at a (clothed) person, society has the capability to declare that person male or female. I actually agree with this! If a person looks, talks, and acts like a man, they belong in the men’s room, even if they were born with a vagina! The same with someone who looks, acts, and sounds like a woman belongs in the ladies room!
Hmm…Paul said that it’s disgraceful for men to have long hair (…because that makes him look like a woman). Uhh, I’m not a Biblical Scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but wasn’t it Sampson who got his strength through his long hair? By this argument, Delilah should be praised for re-masculating Sampson when she cut his hair!
Yes, men feel like they are men. And women feel like they are women. Yes, transgender people are what happens when the outside doesn’t match the inside.
So…um…apparently we’re just going to leave off there as though this explains everything about maleness. But that doesn’t work! What should a person do when these 3 aspects aren’t in agreement?! If a person is born with a vagina, but feels like they are male, is he supposed to just suck it up and present to the world as female even as it causes him to die a little on the inside everyday? Who exactly is harmed when a transperson presents themselves as their preferred gender? The bystander who assumes that they were born with a penis, even though they weren’t? I really don’t spend that much time staring at people’s crotches!
If God cares, then God can send trans people to Hell. But, I personally think that God doesn’t care or he wouldn’t have created LGBTQ people to start with!