Reading: Matthew 19:1-6
“… At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’” (v.4).
Some years ago, my work had been in the context of facilitating projects that addressed poverty in developing countries. Part of it was operating the concept of WID—women in development, and when it was no longer politically correct, GAD—gender and development. This was secular work, not religious. We conducted trainings for middle managers, and included in the syllabus was how to facilitate community assessments—the need for gender segregation to identify the specific needs of women, and of men.Things may be different now (I am not active in the profession), but back then part of the lecture was the difference between “sex” and “gender”. Sex is biological assignment, and gender is role (e.g., like how women in some cultures are given the gender role of taking care of the children, as well as managing the household and working the farm)—the former is fixed, the latter can be challenged.
Man, of course (or I should say “humans”–to be not gender insensitive) with the aid of medical science (i.e., surgeries and drugs)—still experiments on sex re-assignment. But with gender—for most of us we have the freedom to choose not only one but several roles from options as many as the colours of the rainbow and the letters of the alphabet. But if you want to know if God—who determined whether we should be male or female at birth—also had it designed what our gender role should be (according to the biological assignment He has given us at conception), then this post by Sue in Aqaba at The Lamb’s Servant is a must-read for you—it would blow your mind! It primarily discusses the role of women (Heb: ezer kenegdo), but also touches on the role of men.
(You might ask me what about the cases of people having two biological assignments. I am not a doctor so I apologise–the subject of physical malformations is beyond my discipline.)