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Wither Biological Sex? The Gender Takeover: A Position Paper

Vincent E. Gil


In this position paper, I argue that current ideological and sociocultural shifts in the use and meaning of the term gender have also reconfigured what biological sex means. Both terms have been made isomorphic and synonymic. The paper challenges this novel relationship, exploring its confounded history and unpacking how and why genderqueer theorists intentionally minimize body knowledge to enable expressive individualism.    

Linguistic, psychological and medical anthropology serve as tools of inquiry in my critique on why gender is now given the greater valence. Data from neurosciences are also used to refute notions of the body being just a “mute facticity,” as such theorists claim. Christian dogmas on sex and gender are also examined, as is the insistence on a binary model of humanity despite intersex births and the factuality of gender dysphoria. Christian incorrections, when perpetuated without ongoing analysis and change, continue what some call epistemic oppressions and hermeneutic injustices, contributing another layer to the problematic of sex and gender ideology as rendered today.


gender; gender identity; biological sex; genderqueer theory; body knowledge; Christian theology of sex and gender

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