Israel Folau, a Warratah player with Rugby Australia until recently when he had his $5 million contract ripped up for tweets he made referencing the Bible on sinful acts and the outcome for those people pursuing those acts, has now referenced gender fluidity in a sermon that he gave at his local church.
Israel stated, “You see in today’s youths and everything, they are allowing young kids in primary school to be able to have the permission to change their gender if they want by taking away the permission of their parents. Now they are trying to take control as a government to make those decisions for young kids who are basically 16 years old or younger, they don’t even know what they are doing.”
Gender fluidity is a relative new term to a lot of people. Up until the past 5 years, the majority of people had never heard the term. The dictionary definition of gender-fluid means “denoting or relating to a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender”.
There was a time not so long ago when it was the societal standard that there were only two genders. Male and Female. How did we know this? Well, to quote Kindergarten Cop “boys have a penis, girls have a vagina”. In the mind of a five-year old kindergarten student portrayed in the movie, it was a basic thing to understand. One’s genitalia defined gender. The medical field has always identified your gender based on what anatomy you had at birth.
Nowadays, it’s barely got anything to do with genitalia and more about how you feel. Emotions are how gender is now determined. You may be born a male one day, but feel like a female or vice versa. You may even ‘feel’ like you aren’t male or female. In which case, the label of non-binary has been coined to, ironically, provide those people with an identity group with which to belong.
The problem with this is is that emotions actually are fluid, they change. They run hot and cold. They alter in response to changing situation and circumstances. They vary day to day.
What used to be a genetic, biological truth is apparently no longer a fact. It’s all subjective based on emotions.
This is where Israel Folau makes a very good point. This is dangerous, fickle ground to be making life-altering decisions on. If, in one moment, you may feel like a male, or a female or even non-binary, but that can then change, is it not a great concern that taking hormone drugs and contemplating surgeries are being decided at such a young age? As a society we are moving towards young kids having ‘the right’ to make such transformative decisions without the input or even approval of their parents.
It goes without saying that Israel Folau has made his point based on his religious beliefs, but no doubt there are a lot of non-religious parents who would hold the same grave concerns about allowing children being able to make such irreversible dramatic changes to their bodies based on their emotions and without any parental input.