Sexual Geography: What is your gender today?
(Chapter Nine; preview of Textbook Propaganda)
“The central theoretical position of this research is that sexual identities are learned and performed through standard, taken for granted practices …researchers in this area contend that gender is not something that people essentially are…but something people do…Human Geography, p.167
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1: 27
The following is a text I received from a young friend enrolled at EWU at Cheney, Washington State;
“A few times (particularly during the week we were discussing concepts of “self”) my teacher would call on students, and ask them how they “identify” themselves. Do not mistake me – by identify my teacher means that she is asking us if we identify ourselves as male or female. She drew lines between sex (biological), and gender (preference). Regardless, gender orientation is personal choice… and those of us who disagree viewed as bigoted. This is never explicitly decreed of course. It is all implied through the lectures and materials presented on the topic.” Student from EWU, 2012-13, Communications class
In the same class the teacher allowed a group of students to represent the bible as being adaptable and inclusive of homosexual marriage and homosexual behavior in general. Of course this is definitely pushing the bible beyond its limits but it is a view and practice widely accepted today both with people who consider themselves as Christians and those who don’t. And, as the student intuitively understood, to reject this view is considered quite irrational and bigoted. This in fact would blur the lines between the sexes enough to make most of the verses in the bible on human sexuality as quite meaningless or unintelligible. As what a man or woman is, or who a man or woman is, is quite up to how that individual feels about it on any given day. Verses that condemn a man lying with a man as with a woman, for example Leviticus 18; 22 or Romans 1:27, would be rendered superfluous as one of the men could say he was a woman or one of the women in verses 26 of Romans 1 could say she was of the masculine gender; therefore their sexual practices would be kosher.
In my wife’s old 1970’s college Oxford dictionary, gender is defined; 2) Sex: as in the feminine gender. This is now what is called sexual geography and I suppose just as what we used to call the Middle-East is now called South-west Asia, so can you simply change the definition or identity of someone’s sex. The textbook Human Geography goes on to say;
Research on sexuality and the body in geography recognizes that space is central to understanding. Where gay or straight identities can be performed plays a central role in who occupies those spaces, how they are occupied, and even what sexual identity people might be performing if they occupy one space or another.” Human Geography, Knox, Marston, p.171
Whatever. I will leave the reader to decipher that thought and decide for yourself what space you are performing in today. One subject in the discussion of gender and accompanying sexual practices which isn’t discussed is the relation of STD’s to the type of gender a person “chooses” to play. For those who choose the male homosexual role, the chance of being infected with the HIV virus is much higher than for those who stick with the heterosexual role.
A fact sheet released at the end of June by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that HIV rates, already at epidemic proportions, are continuing to climb steadily among men who have sex with men (MSM).
“Gay and bisexual men remain at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” says Jonathan Mermin, the director of the CDC’s division of HIV/AIDS prevention.
The CDC notes that while homosexual men make up only a very small percentage of the male population (4%), MSM account for over three-quarters of all new HIV infections, and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all new infections in 2010 (29,800).
“Men who have sex with men remain the group most heavily affected by HIV in the United States,” the fact sheet states. US News reports that if HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to rise at the current rates, more than half of college-aged homosexual men will have HIV by the age of 50. Apparently the authors of this textbook didn’t feel such information was important to the gender discussion, or more likely, they thought such information might hinder the students from taking the view of gender which the authors are propagandizing in the book.
And you thought Geography was about the location of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or the size and length of the Amazon River. Our second textbook, refreshingly only discusses gender as the social and cultural differences between the opposing sexes, so we will just move along to the next chapter.