Sexual Identity, Gender, and Human Fulfillment: Analyzing the “Middle Way” Between Liberal and Traditionalist Approaches

Christian Bioethics 25 (2):192-215 (2019)

Abstract
In this essay, I outline fundamental anthropological and moral principles related to human sexuality and gender identity and then apply these principles to analyze and evaluate the views of several authors who attempt to carve out a “middle way” between liberal and traditionalist approaches to these issues. In doing so, I engage especially with the claim that gender dysphoria, rather than being a psychological issue, is a type of biological intersex condition in which one’s “brain sex” is out of line with one’s genital and chromosomal sex. I argue that understanding the human person as a unity of body and soul and recognizing human sexuality as ordered toward the human good of marriage understood as inseparably unitive and procreative reveals the flaws in this position and helps to show why hormonal or surgical gender reassignment therapy is not a medically or ethically appropriate response to gender dysphoria. I also offer an alternative characterization of gender dysphoria and suggestions for responding with true compassion to those who suffer from it.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/cb/cbz005
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 41,650
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life.Jeff Mcmahan - 2007 - Philosophical Review 116 (2):273-280.
We Are Not Human Beings.Derek Parfit - 2012 - Philosophy 87 (1):5-28.
Natural Law and Natural Rights.John Finnis - 1980 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (124):282-284.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Bodily Or Gender Identity?Aurel Codoban - 2002 - Studia Philosophica 2.
Transsexualität zwischen Genetik und sozialer Praxis.Joerg Hy Fehige - 2009 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57 (5):757-780.
Transsexualität Zwischen Genetik Und Sozialer Praxis.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2009 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57 (5):757-780.
The Sexual Metaphor of the National Identity in Chinese Literature during the Century.Yu Wang - 2008 - Nankai University (Philosophy and Social Sciences) 6:81-88.
Gender.Claire Colebrook - 2004 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Civil Society and the Sexual Politics of Difference.Chet Meeks - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):325-343.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-05-28

Total views
10 ( #704,005 of 2,250,031 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #125,432 of 2,250,031 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature