This post has more links than usual, so it might take a while to get through them all.
So in (the unlikely) case you haven't heard, there has been a storm of debate over gender and whether or not society is about to collapse because of godless heathens. This reached a new point sometime after a mom tweeted about her disappointment with Target's "building sets" versus "girls' building sets". And now, the powers that be at Target have decided that they will no longer label toys according to gender. Many Christians are outraged over this decision to the point that they have declared Target has lost a customer.
And if you ask me, how upset people are over this is just plain ridiculous. It's not like we've suddenly been commanded to ignore gender altogether. We've just seen strict, arbitrary definitions of what it means grow less powerful.
And especially after the "Trophy" shirt fiasco, the fact that Target is doing something about double standards is a good thing. There's still a lot of work to do in breaking down gender-related prejudice, but this is a small step in the right direction.
And much of the focus in this debate seems to be the concept of manliness, which frankly, needs to die. It teaches men to hide their feelings (by telling them real men don't cry, or that being perceived as feminine is bad) and see women and gays as having lesser value as human beings.
Now, with all that said, I'm not certain what God thinks of transgender issues, and at this point, I'm not quite sure about homosexuality either (please don't yell at me "The Bible clearly says..." because it's not actually that clear). But I do know that the apathetic, objectifying attitude expressed towards them by both many Christians and "manly" men is not something God condones.
So stop flipping out over this. There are bigger threats to biblical morality that are hurting far more people. Could we direct at least a little of our outrage over there instead?
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