Friday, May 4, 2012

Gender is...--submitted by Sara Vranes

1 comment:

  1. I agree. But what does that mean for those of us who are Mormon (as I think most (all?) of this blog's participants are)? I don't think the left column is incompatible with Mormon theology... but it does require some sort of re-arranging of the popular understanding thereof. Mormon doctrine is currently understood to make a stark and eternal division between male and female genders. How do you all reconcile that with understandings such as the one from this image?

    I think one way I would try to is to continue to assert that gender is really important, and is part of our eternal identity--just maybe not in the way popularly thought. For example, I'm Mormon, and that's a huge part of my identity. But was I "Mormon" in the pre-existence? Or were Jewish people "Jews" in the pre-existence. It seems like that doesn't quite make much sense in that context. I had the same characteristics then that have now manifested in me being Mormon in this life, so in a sense you could say I've always been Mormon. But it is also conceivable that I no longer choose to be Mormon--but I would still possess the same underlying characteristics. Maybe gender is similar? This would be along the "range of expression" and "personal identity" lines of the left-hand column.

    I don't know if that makes any sense, but I'm just thinking out loud here. Any thoughts? Maybe Sara, if you're watching this thread, what do you think?