Identifying as Self-Contradictory

After church service, a couple of us were discussing Target’s recent announcement to allow their employees and guests to use the restroom of their choice, regardless of the genitalia they possess. Apparently then, gender is determined by how a person feels. Identity is purely a mental state, not a biological one.

Then it hit me…

If that is the case, why then do those who undergo gender transitioning feel the need to alter their external appearance? If a man believes he is a woman and decides to mutilate his body to “look the part,” is he not, by that very action conceding that a person’s biology plays a role in identifying one’s gender? A consistent approach would be for the man to state simply, “I am a woman who happens to have a penis.”

The act of altering their external appearance betrays their original premise that gender identity is purely a mental state.

Rightly does the Scripture say about them,

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

(Romans 1:18-25 ESV)