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Literatus: Second ‘proof,’ cloacal exstrophy

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Literatus: Second ‘proof,’ cloacal exstrophy

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IN an article last month (Gender, sex identities and a ‘proof’), we discussed a bit on the basics of gender and sex identities. In addition, I presented the first “proof” from Saraswat, Weinand, and Safer (Endocrinology Practice, 2015) to supposedly, as claimed, support the argument that biological identity (i.e. sex identity) is not fixed and that gender identity too is biologically determined.

If you have read that case, you will understand that the argument was illogical and a large number of those cases sought to express their inborn male sex identity not the female identity they were raised in.

By the way, the use of the phrase “homosexual gender identity” failed to show the real confusion on what the “third sex” actually claims. Do homosexuals claim to be females with female sex and gender identity? Or do they claim to be of male sex identity who prefers the female gender identity? Either way, you will notice that the “third sex” themselves recognize natural male-female dichotomy of sex identity; otherwise, they will not claim as “females” but a person with a unique identity that is neither a female nor a male. However, to claim as females will be problematic because they are not biologically females and thus are not by identity females even if they prefer to be feminine.

Another case cited in the study involved 16 persons who are biologically males (XY chromosomes), however, with split penile development (cloacal exstrophy). Take note that cloacal exstrophy is considered a severe birth defect wherein the abdominal organs are often exposed, the genitalia are split into a penis and a clitoris, and occasionally the anus is sealed. The parents of these individuals decided to have the children undergo transsexual reassignment surgery after birth.

Of the 16 children, the parents of two children changed their minds and raised them as males without problems (i.e. they identified themselves as males all through life) except perhaps for the female sexual genitalia. Four of the 14 children raised as girls later insisted that they were boys and another four children decided to live as boys when they learned they were biological males.

There was no detailed information on the remaining six children. However, the researchers observed that, despite the transgender surgery after birth, the masculine instinct overall continued to be strong among the participants. This finding indicates that gender identity is normally consistent with sex identity even among children with abnormal birth defects.

Once again this “proof” failed to prove that sex identity is not fixed and gender identity is biologically determined. In a sense, the last claim is evidently correct but consistent with the sex identity (heterosexual) not with a cross-sex identity (homosexual).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2016.

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