By Dannah Gresh, Founder of True Girl
What are you teaching your daughters about womanhood? Your granddaughters? Gender is such a spiritual battlefield in the hearts and lives of the next generation.
I am a woman.
I know this is true because I carry XX chromosomes. I can produce ovum or egg cells—female gamete’s if you want to get scientific. These factors and others make me a woman because they have been part of the standard or original against which we judge our biological sex.
This was largely uncontested until about 1955 when one simple introduction of a word started shaking the foundation of simple manhood and womanhood, bringing us to the cataclysmic earthquakes we’re having today as we try to figure out “what” we are. What word was introduced? Gender. Sexologist John Money introduced the word “gender” to offer a distinction between biological sex and the preference a person might have for how they play out their role in that sex. It really didn’t catch on until the 1970s, when the Feminist movement grabbed on to it and held tight in their efforts to break down differentiation between masculinity and femininity.
It’s been quite a ride ever since.
Somewhere along the way, we added the word “preference”, and gender preference—not biological sex— is the new status quo. Just a few years ago, Facebook offered at least fifty-six options in the event that you don’t feel you are either male or female. They include “transgender,” (for those who feel their gender is different than their sex organs would suggest) “gender fluid,” (in case you like to go both ways) “male to female/mtf” (meaning a sex change is in the making), and you could add a suggestion if you could not find one of the fifty-six that fit your preference. That must have been too much to keep up with. These days you can just fill in the blank if you don’t fit the female or male option on Facebook.
Please don’t write to Facebook and complain.
My point is not for us to boycott anyone, but to admit that we’ve lost our standard of truth. It’s being erased. And with it, we have lost our body confidence because we no longer understand the purpose of our bodies, and cannot conform our living to it.
We must clearly and consistently communicate Truth to our children. Otherwise, our silence becomes a megaphone for the world’s distorted messages about what it means to be male or female.
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Dannah Gresh is the founder of True Girl. She encourages busy moms with practical, biblical advice on her Mom Moments podcast, and is the co-host of the Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Revive Our Hearts podcast. Dannah is the best-selling author of over twenty books including And The Bride Wore White, Lies Young Women Believe (co-authored with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth), and Lies Girls Believe.