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M ale O R F emale ? ( or O ther ? )
is that the creation of a new life, a baby, requires one man and one
woman to come together sexually. The fact that each contributes
something distinct to the creation of a new life signals that there are
two types of human beings, male and female.
Second, the fact that “exceptions” such as intersex ­exist—­as has
been noted historically and even more t­oday—­does not change the
fundamental point. We must ask whether these exceptions mean that
we need to add other categories of sexes, or instead whether we should
see such cases as exceptions to the basic, valid categories. We may truly
say that dogs have four legs and a tail, but when we see a t­ hree-­legged,
tailless dog, we still see it as a dog despite the fact that it breaks the
rule. Similarly, a woman who has her ovaries removed to prevent
cancer doesn’t cease to be a woman. The same holds for the loss of
two characteristics contributing to the designation of sex (ovaries and
uterus) and even three (ovaries, uterus, and breasts).
That leads us to our third point. Advocates may argue that
someone who grows up with the firmly rooted sense that their
identity is at odds with their body is totally different from a woman
who grew up with an identity firmly rooted as a woman who then
has her uterus, ovaries, and breasts removed. But Christians believe
three fundamental and important things that guide our response
in such cases:

We believe that God intended for humans to be either male
or female. “So God created man [meaning all of humanity]
in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male
and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). We discussed the
significance of this in chapters 2 and 3.

We believe that God intentionally made us physical, bodily
beings, and that our bodies matter. They are, in fact, a gift
from God.
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