I should get used to the fact that contemporary society loves to blur boundaries. Most recently, I’ve been thinking about how a basic distinction like male and female is increasingly challenged. For instance, with the Olympics around the corner, definitions of men and women are debated. The NYTimes writes:
Although the verification test has changed to adapt to new scientific understandings about gender — athletes are now evaluated by an endocrinologist, gynecologist, a geneticist and a psychologist — critics say the test is based on the false idea that someone’s sex is a cut-and-dried issue.
“It’s very difficult to define what is a man and what is a woman at this point,” said Christine McGinn, a plastic surgeon who specializes in transgender medicine.
I’m not in a position to debate all the intricacies of the genetics of sex and such. I appreciate the complexity. But I do think that the “intersex” exceptions should not rule the day and encourage us to blur the lines between men and women. One of the basic ideas of creation in Genesis 1 is that God is making order out of chaos by making distinctions between things: light and dark, sky and water, water and land, land and plant, plant and animal, animal and human, human male and human female. If God makes distinctions in creation, we should uphold these distinctions as good.