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Monday, September 17, 2018

Gender Reveals and "Theybies"

One of the biggest ironies of our day is that more people think children should be "gender neutral until they decide—at about age four"*—what they want to be. They are "little humans, theybies," not boys or girls. But, ironically, we also have the most elaborate gender reveals of all time.

In the 1980s when I had my children, it was debatable if ultrasounds were good for pre-born children, so I opted not to do them at all. My children's genders were surprises. I intuitively "knew" the first time around, but I had no clue with my second pregnancy. No one did parties for gender reveals, although some of my girlfriends told people whether their child was a boy or a girl.

But nowadays, the cake is blue or pink inside, there are balloons, explosions of color, and all the rest. It seems that each reveal is "top this." I've actually taken part in guessing the sex of babies on social media before the reveals. (I've been wrong most of the time, so don't ask me!) They're a lot of fun and certainly add to the anticipation.

My question is why these amazing gender reveals at a time in history when many want gender-neutral children? "Don't call a little girl a princess or a little boy a tiger." Umm … excuse me. You used the terms girl and boy. We don't use those words, remember?

From what I understand of genetics, the difference between genders all boils down to Xes and Ys. Children are either boys or girls. It's in their DNA, in their chromosomal make-up. Maleness and femaleness even determine the way we think, speak, and express ourselves. Men and women have always been different. And, this difference manifests itself way before age four—when Ms. Aren says children should be able to choose whether they want to be a boy or girl. Imagine mere "theybies" making a decision like that, at such a young age!

Our daughter ran with her hands before her. Our son charged ahead with his hands behind him. Our daughter never made a motor sound in her life. Our son made motor sounds before he could talk. There were differences all along that my husband and I could hardly believe—including the noise level. Any parent who has both boys and girls will tell you the same thing. They are different. They just are. The difference in genders is in the DNA.

So, what about people who identify as the opposite sex? What about those who genuinely have gender dysforia? They are in the minority, of course.  And, they're biologically either male or female.

A biblical view of gender helps. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:27). From the very beginning, God created male and female.

He didn't make "theybies."

He didn't leave it up to four-year-olds (or any age) to decide.

So, go ahead and celebrate your baby boys and girls! Call them Princess and Tiger. Encourage your children be what God designed them to be.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).


* All quotes from an interview with Cathy Aren from the group, The Liberal Sherpas, on Fox News.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fiction Review: Through Waters Deep

Through Waters Deep, by Sarah Sundin is a nice little historical novel, set mostly in the days before World War II and ending at the time of Pearl Harbor.

Mary Stirling works at the Boston shipyard. At the beginning of the book, Mary is about to christen the USS Ettinger—but she notices someone has tampered with the bottle of champagne. She reports the condition of the bottle, but it's brushed off as insignificant, until the bottle bursts and results in flames. Someone had sabbotaged the christening. Who was the saboteur?

Mary decides that, with her abilities in shorthand, assignment to the seaport, and while doing her regular duties, she'll keep her eyes and ears open—and take copious notes.

She becomes reacquainted with her high school friend, Jim Atwood. He was always infatuated with bubbly blondes, but the two of them find themselves forming a wonderful friendship. He encourages her to overcome her timidity, and she contributes to his wanting to do more than float through life. They enjoy one kiss under duress when he ships off to the northern Atlantic.

Just as Jim is about to return, another school acquaintance, Quintessa, arrives on Mary's doorstep. All she can talk about is Jim Atwood, and Mary completely misunderstands. She wants the best for Jim and steps back, letting Quintessa take over. Did she misinterpret that kiss?

So, Mary doggedly dedicates herself to finding the saboteur, and she pushes Quintessa forward.

This is a light novel with a nice little romance. I liked it. The historical setting is also good. This is my first exposure to this author. If you enjoy a light romance that's clean and Christian, this might be for you. It's well written and entertaining.

On the debit side, its story is a little too contrived for my taste and way too predictable—although I didn't guess the identity of the saboteur. So, if you enjoy a sweet story with a well-researched historical background, you'll probably want to read this book.

Through Waters Deep is a good book for teen girls and adults. The romance is very healthy, based on common interests and true friendship, with only one or two premarital kisses. A Christian novel.