Mormonism Beyond the Gender          Binary
AUDIENCE AWARENESSHeard the word "postgender" before todayHave a personal friend whos intersex
OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderi...
BIO-Feminist, Biologist    -Wrote a book
OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderi...
SHORTCOMINGS OF GENDER ROLESStories:-Feminist Mormon Housewives angst (angry,hurt women and indignant singles becauseof mo...
SHORTCOMINGS OF GENDER ROLES-Intersex: square peg, round hole-Friend Steve- likes boys, effects on self-concept and esteem...
OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderi...
GENDER BINARY ≠ REALITY“Everybody is either a boy or a girl- this is apretty obvious and common senseproposition. Until yo...
PRIESTHOOD OR RELIEF SOCIETY?What about when appearance doesn’t•give it away?
PRIESTHOOD OR RELIEF SOCIETY?      SO, LET’S VOTE!
“GENDER IS AN ESSENTIALCHARACTERISTIC OF INDIVIDUALPREMORTAL, MORTAL, ANDETERNAL IDENTITY ANDPURPOSE.”–FAMILY   PROC
Spiritual sex of each?Taylor       Jessica      Taylor        JessicaConclusion from uncertainty: perform bothmarriages, o...
Taylor          Jessica   Taylor     Jessica   Exaltation              ExcommunicationIf physical appearance cannot ground...
“But,” you might contend, “intersex folks are•such a small minority- sure there are a fewquestionable cases, but that does...
OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderi...
POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS      (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)This mouse has two,and only two, parents:two male mice."Assisted r...
POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS      (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•Sexual traits may become as freelychosen as eyesight (through wea...
POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS      (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•"Greater biological fluidity andpsychological androgyny will allo...
POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS      (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•Analogy:  gender vs.       •Analogy:  gender vs.literary genre   ...
OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderi...
POLYGENDERED MORMONISM>   BINARY MORMONISM Marriage= Two Intersex
POLYGENDERED MORMONISM>   BINARY MORMONISM  Marriage= Two Intersex
POLYGENDERED MORMONISM>   BINARY MORMONISM     Governance
POLYGENDERED MORMONISM>   BINARY MORMONISM     Governance
POLYGENDERED MORMONISM>   BINARY MORMONISM     Governance
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Presented at the Mormon Transhumanist Association on 6 April 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A rehearsal version is available at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isw2I6Z2_Lc).

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Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary

  1. 1. Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary
  2. 2. AUDIENCE AWARENESSHeard the word "postgender" before todayHave a personal friend whos intersex
  3. 3. OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderism willresult in many genders, rather than nogenders4. Conclude as to why this is a good thingfor Mormonism
  4. 4. BIO-Feminist, Biologist -Wrote a book
  5. 5. OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderism willresult in many genders, rather than nogenders4. Conclude as to why this is a good thingfor Mormonism
  6. 6. SHORTCOMINGS OF GENDER ROLESStories:-Feminist Mormon Housewives angst (angry,hurt women and indignant singles becauseof motherhood emphasis and governancegap)-Arbon: MPA faculty
  7. 7. SHORTCOMINGS OF GENDER ROLES-Intersex: square peg, round hole-Friend Steve- likes boys, effects on self-concept and esteem"Fiercely gendered world"
  8. 8. OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderism willresult in many genders, rather than nogenders4. Conclude as to why this is a good thingfor Mormonism
  9. 9. GENDER BINARY ≠ REALITY“Everybody is either a boy or a girl- this is apretty obvious and common senseproposition. Until you examine it closely.”
  10. 10. PRIESTHOOD OR RELIEF SOCIETY?What about when appearance doesn’t•give it away?
  11. 11. PRIESTHOOD OR RELIEF SOCIETY? SO, LET’S VOTE!
  12. 12. “GENDER IS AN ESSENTIALCHARACTERISTIC OF INDIVIDUALPREMORTAL, MORTAL, ANDETERNAL IDENTITY ANDPURPOSE.”–FAMILY PROC
  13. 13. Spiritual sex of each?Taylor Jessica Taylor JessicaConclusion from uncertainty: perform bothmarriages, or perform neither; choosing only onecouple is irrational.
  14. 14. Taylor Jessica Taylor Jessica Exaltation ExcommunicationIf physical appearance cannot groundthe bishop’s decision, the criterion ofappearance must be rejected, not justthe “fringe” cases.
  15. 15. “But,” you might contend, “intersex folks are•such a small minority- sure there are a fewquestionable cases, but that doesn’t mean thewhole male/female system is a failure.” Theborder cases reveal the underlying truth weusually don’t otherwise think of, however. Sexand gender are a photomosaic rather than abinary: for everyone.
  16. 16. OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderism willresult in many genders, rather than nogenders4. Conclude as to why this is a good thingfor Mormonism
  17. 17. POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)This mouse has two,and only two, parents:two male mice."Assisted reproduction will make itpossible for individuals of any sex toreproduce in any combinations theychoose, with or without mothers andfathers”
  18. 18. POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•Sexual traits may become as freelychosen as eyesight (through wearingcontacts or undergoing lasik surgery),or even hair color (by dying your hair).•When humans gain the ability to"talk" to our cells the way ourgenomes presently do, a whole worldof choice opens up that is tough toimagine presently.
  19. 19. POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•"Greater biological fluidity andpsychological androgyny will allowfuture persons to explore bothmasculine and feminine aspects ofpersonality. Postgenderists do not callfor the end of all gender traits, oruniversal androgyny, but rather thatthose traits become a matter ofchoice."
  20. 20. POSTGENDERISM= MANY GENDERS (NOT GENDER NEUTRALITY)•Analogy: gender vs. •Analogy: gender vs.literary genre literary genre•[Fiction/non-fiction] •[Male/female]will be replaced by will be replaced by[fantasy, historical [?] fiction, memoir, tragedy, scripture, romance, diary, fable]
  21. 21. OUTLINE1. Discuss the shortcomings of gender roles2. Explain why the gender binary fails3. Defend my view that Postgenderism willresult in many genders, rather than nogenders4. Conclude as to why this is a good thingfor Mormonism
  22. 22. POLYGENDERED MORMONISM> BINARY MORMONISM Marriage= Two Intersex
  23. 23. POLYGENDERED MORMONISM> BINARY MORMONISM Marriage= Two Intersex
  24. 24. POLYGENDERED MORMONISM> BINARY MORMONISM Governance
  25. 25. POLYGENDERED MORMONISM> BINARY MORMONISM Governance
  26. 26. POLYGENDERED MORMONISM> BINARY MORMONISM Governance
  27. 27. Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary

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