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Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (11/13/18)

November 13, 2018

One mission of CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and Sexuality News Roundups, we aim to distill some of the more pertinent information for you.

The articles below are from a wide variety of sectors and publications, organized generally into three categories. They are presented in aggregate, not necessarily endorsed.

If you see an article that you think should be featured in future CBMW News Roundups, you can send it to [email protected] with the subject “News Roundup.”


Ecclesial Trends on Gender and Sexuality

Against Inevitable Adultery, First Things (Dan Hitchens)

Stephen Walford’s Pope Francis, the Family and Divorce: In Defense of Truth and Mercy experiments with the idea that it is excessibe to ask divorced-and-remarried couples to choose between receiving the Eucharist and having sex.

A New Guild Aims to Equip Women and Amplify Orthodoxy, Christianity Today

“I kept hearing the same kinds of things from women—whether egalitarian or complementarian or otherwise—who wanted a space that was theologically rooted and rigorous but that was also robustly pro-female,” says Prior,

Bob Buckley: Church works through controversy and change, Columbia Daily Tribune (Bob Buckley)

Perhaps the winds of change are blowing, thanks to some brave men and women in the SBC such as Beth Moore. Yet, misogyny and racism seem to be more pervasive than at any time in my life, and so the challenges are more daunting than ever.

Immigrant Communities Were The ‘Geographic Solution’ To Predator Priests, NPR (Aaron Schrank)

Catholic Church leaders in Los Angeles for years shuffled predator priests into non-English-speaking immigrant communities.


Secular Trends on Gender and Sexuality

LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts, CNN (CNN Library)

“Here is some background information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the United States.”

In ‘Rainbow Wave,’ L.G.B.T. Candidates Are Elected in Record Numbers, The New York Times (Christina Caron)

“More openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were elected Tuesday night than in any previous election, signaling a shift in cultural attitudes even as the Trump administration has chipped awayat L.G.B.T. rights.”

Kelly will reinstate protections for LGBT state workers in Kansas, The Witchita Eagle (Jonathan Shorman)

“Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees across Kansas will again have protections from on-the-job discrimination once Democrat Laura Kelly becomes governor.”

Colorado, once the infamous anti-LGBT ‘hate state,’ become first to elect an openly gay governor, The Washington Post (Kyle Swenson)

“It’s a historic win — not just for the LGBT community but for the state of Colorado,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, a nonprofit group supporting LGBT politicians, told the Denver Post on Tuesday.”

Democrats won women’s vote for Congress by the largest margin seen in midterm exit polls, The Washington Post (Lindsey Bever and Emily Guskin)

“Women made history in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats won women’s vote for Congress by 19 points, with 59 percent voting Democrat and 40 percent voting Republican — the largest margin seen in midterm exit polls, according to data from CNN.”

After U.S. midterms, writer says ‘Year of the Woman’ has a long way to go, CBC Radio

“I do think it’s important to acknowledge what you’ve described as the women’s march, this momentum and the infrastructure that that provided to some of these races around the United States that led women into office. But there also are so many gains left to be made in women’s representation across American government at the national level and at the state and local level.”

Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program’s name change, dropping the word ‘boy’, Chicago Tribune (Tom McElroy)

“The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word “boy” from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls.”

A 69-year-old-man asks to be declared 49, claiming age is as fluid as gender, The Washington Post (Isaac Stanley-Becker)

“The Dutch pensioner is asking a court in his hometown of Arnhem, southeast of Amsterdam, to change his birth certificate so that it says he took his first breath on March 11, 1969, rather than on March 11, 1949. The judges heard his case Monday and promised they would render a verdict in the next several weeks.”

Oncologists’ LGBT-related Knowledge and Clinical Practices Improved After Cultural Competency Training, American Association for Cancer Research

“An interactive online LGBT cultural competency training program for oncologists may be acceptable, feasible, and improve LGBT-related knowledge and clinical practices.”

Here’s what spanking does to kids. None of it is good, doctors say, NBC News (Maggie Fox)

“The American Academy of Pediatrics strengthened its advice against corporal punishment in update guidelines, saying it makes kids more aggressive and raises the risk of mental health issues.”

Pediatricians say spanking is bad. Are they right?, (Denny Burk)

“Remember that there is no substitute for a parent’s loving discipline of their children. It is the job of parents to commit themselves to this challenging work as an expression of love for their children.”

Teaching LGBTI issues in Scotland’s classrooms, BBC Scotland News (Nichola Rutherford)

“Eighteen years after the abolition of a law which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools, the Scottish government has accepted in full the recommendations of a working group set up to improve the experiences of LGBTI young people in classrooms and playgrounds.”

Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates, BBC News (James Gallagher)

“There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers.”

Tanzania walked back a claim that it was going after LGBT people. Now Amnesty says 10 men have already been arrested, The Washington Post (Siobhán O’Grady)

“The Foreign Ministry later backtracked on Makonda’s suggestion, saying it didn’t reflect the official government position. But Amnesty International announced Tuesday that 10 men had been arrested on the island of Zanzibar during the weekend, after police were tipped off about a possible same-sex marriage ceremony.”


Gender and Sexuality Miscellany

Episode 63: One The Pastor and Pornography, 9Marks (Garrett Kell)

“In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Garrett Kell shares his own past struggles with pornography, and offers counsel to pastors who are currently hiding secret sin.”

Gay Girl, Good God, Challies (Tim Challies)

“Put it altogether, and this is a powerful book. Perry is a sound theologian who uses the Bible faithfully. She is also a skilled wordsmith with a rare ability to articulate herself well. At a time when there’s too much bland writing, she brings a fresh voice.”

Does My Sexual Past Make Me Unsavable?, DesiringGod (John Piper)

“Well, the short answer is I don’t know. I don’t know whether your protracted sexual sin will have the effect of preventing you from being restored to repentance.”

Why Is Friendship Hard for Men?, DesiringGod (Drew Hunter)

“Friendship is not a luxury; it’s a relational necessity. We glorify God by enjoying him and reflecting his relational love with one another. If you are a man who has struggled to go deeper with other men, here are five concrete steps to cultivate deeper friendships.”

4 things my family discussed after passing Victoria’s Secret, ERLC (Garrett Kell)

“My wife and I called their attention away from the display, and after we passed by, we stepped aside to talk about why it was so instinctive to look at those pictures and what we could learn from it. Here are a few of the things we discussed.”

Queering Science, First Things (Mark Regnerus)

“Let’s face it: The rapid onset of gender dysphoria among adolescents is odd. Social reality is sometimes odd. But for many in the social sciences today, reality has become queer. Hence Littman’s evidence had to be called out.”

Put Some Clothes On, The Gospel Coalition (Nancy Guthrie)

“Our future isn’t a return to the nakedness of Eden. Instead, Christ has made it possible for all who are joined to him to be clothed with immortality.”

The FAQs: New Government Rules Protect Conscience Rights in Health Insurance, The Gospel Coalition (Joe Carter)

“Earlier this week the Trump administration released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception or abortifacients.”

Your Teenager Needs Discipleship, The Gospel Coalition (Jen Wilkin and Melissa Kruger)

“When children are in middle school and high school, they know what it means to be a student, and yet that is precisely when often in the church we treat their faith as though it is not study-worthy.”

The Wealth of Nations Begins at Home, Institute for Family Studies (W. Bradford Wilcox)

“Economics has its roots in the Greek word “oikonomia,” which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have largely neglected the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic welfare of nations.”

Coitus, But Not Other Kinds of Sexual Activity, Promotes Health, Public Discourse (Christopher Kaczor)

“The empirical evidence suggests that coitus is associated with significant psycghological and physical benefits and that noncoital sexual activity is associated with significant psychological and physical harms.”

Revoice, or God’s Voice?, Reformation 21 (Harry Reeder)

“I do not question the heart motives of the Revoice Conference organizers. I am neither inclined nor equipped to do so. However, I do question their proposals. Revoice was overwhelmingly not God’s voice found in God’s Word. But we do need to know God’s voice on these issues.”

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 10, Sexuality and Marriage, Reformation 21 (James White)

“The source of all of this chaos–chaos that is damaging to human happiness and flourishing? As the Statement puts it, it is a refusal to “honor the image-bearing character of human sexuality as created by God.”

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 11, Complimentarianism, Reformation 21 (Tom Buck)

“I believe in the radical equality of men and women as image bearers of God. I also know that women have suffered greatly in this world at the hands of sexism. But it is the sin in this world that truly oppresses women, not the role God designed for them or the biblical authority structure of the church.”

Thank God for Men, World Magazine (Andrée Seu Peterson)

“This year I particularly want to focus on one kind of thanksgiving—being thankful for men. I choose this because it is open season on men as much as on turkeys, which I feel sorry about.”

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