Sex and gender

Micah Russell
July 2017

Significant work has been done recently, recently being half a cen-tury or so, on the subject of gender identity. As part of those eff-orts gender has been separated from sex in their definitions. Sex being male or female from birth. Not only would it be hard in the current climate to change gears per sé, I also do not necessarily want to change the definition. While the focus has recently been on gender and its infinite permutations or the rainbow of identity, the symbol of gay pride, I would like to focus now on sex. Because gen-der has been given such a broad definition, leading to such acro-nyms as LGBTQBDSM, I would like now to show how the defin-ition of sex is so tied to the birth event that it cannot be changed. Yes, through modern surgery and hormone therapy one can mimic other sex organs, one cannot change the sex with which one was born. As one great theorist has posited, if culture is one big stage and gender is the part that we play on that stage (like as in an opera or play), then our sex is our given name. During the play on life's stage our given name has very little meaning as opposed to the character's name, yet it is fixed at least for the duration of the play, similarly your sex is set and fixed for the duration of your life.

One might ask, "Micah, does this theory merely reconcile gender identity with your conservative morals?" One might also ask, "What efficiency or cultural value does this theory add to the public dis-course?" That it does reconcile my morals with gender identity de-monstrates that it is efficient in reconciling the moral groups within our society with the identity politics groups. Yet it is also efficient in that it braces one mutable identifier to one static identifier to deter-mine personal identity. This is not an attempt to limit the infinite permutations of identity, but to give it structure and a base from which to start.

I also personally feel the need to discuss this topic because of the increasing (or finally cataloging and recording such) suicide and self infliction of those who have identified themselves in unique and beautiful ways. It is my personal belief that this self destructive be-havior is a natural consequence for defying ones sex at the birth event, an immutable part of ones identity. How can one maintain a good self image if one denies a fixed, unchanging part of ones ide-ntity? Certainly there is some truth in remembering ones sex in that it reconciles diverging groups in society, can help prevent self des-tructive behavior, and promote the unchanging part of ones ident-ity. If there happens to be another way in arranging these issues so that everyone can define their identity in unique and safe ways, I will gladly accept that arrangement over my own. Thank you for reading my idea, and I sincerely hope it can be of good use to you, to your friends, or to our society as a whole. As always, that is my sincere desire and purpose for writing at all. Thank you and I hope that you will contribute to the Verastruct conversation soon. Write about something you feel others have missed, yet is true, and don't be afraid to submit it in the submission section below. I look for-ward to hearing from you. Bye!