January 22, 2004 | David F. Coppedge

Sex and Gender Cannot Be Separated

A study of male children born with a rare birth defect called cloacal exstrophy demonstrates that sexual identity is biologically determined, not a result of upbringing.  The report in Science Now shows that most of the boys identified themselves as male early on, even though unaware of their condition and “raised as girls” under doctor’s advice.  Mary Beckman ends the article:

The work is “another nail in the coffin” of the idea that gender identity is determined by the environment in which children grow up, says endocrinologist Daniel Federman of Harvard Medical School in Boston.  He says the finding lends support to current thinking that aspects of gender identity are set up during intrauterine development.

Her article is called, “Once a male, always a male.”  The study by Reiner and Gearhart is in the 22 January issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

To be happiest, be what you were created to be.  Don’t blame God or bad science for your problems.
    There is another identity we all have, male and female, that cannot be extinguished by coercion, environment, or misdirection: we are creatures made in the image of God, and our hearts are not at rest till they find rest in Him.

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