Gender in a New Age ♀️♂️

 Kathy Willens / AP

Kathy Willens / AP

Is gender binary?

A leaked Trump administration memo revealed that it is considering narrowing the legal definition of gender under Title IX to a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” The memo would remove federal recognition for around 1.4 million Americans whose gender does not fit into the binary male-female division.

Changes and implications

Currently, Title IX bans gender discrimination and allows transgender students to use facilities based on the gender they identify with. The memo would force people to identify with the gender provided to them at birth, impacting which bathroom they can use, which locker room they must change in, and which sports team they can play on.


LEANING LEFT:

Vice News: How The Trump Administration Could Make Trans People Invisible Under The Law

NY Times: Trump’s Effort to Erase Transgender Rights


The left 
expresses outrage at Trump for attempting to define something as personal as gender using ‘science.’ They argue that up to 1.7% of people are intersex, and gender identity does not always match the sex assigned at birth. They believe that the memo, if approved, would undo years of hard work under the Obama administration to recognize trans rights.

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Examiner: No, President Trump isn't waging trans genocide

The Federalist: The Trump Administration Is Right To Define Gender Biologically

The right argues that the binary definition of gender has always been used by the Clinton and Obama administrations. They believe that defining sex as binary for government purposes does not limit gender identity. For them, the new definition would eliminate men who could identify as women to encroach on opportunities exclusive to women, thus protecting women by strengthening their rights.


Consequences for the trans community

The US already has an exorbitantly high rate of transgender adolescent suicides. Removing legal recognition and protection for the trans community certainly won't help this statistic, which is worrying to say the least. Far from resolving ambiguities surrounding gender, defining gender based on genitalia would lead to even more complications and problems. How would we define the intersex community?

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