By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post.
Princeton Theological Seminary hosted a controversial conference last week to explore so called “gender fluidity” and how people are “forging new gender identities” outside the norms of male and female.
Titled “Gender Benders: Theology and Gender Fluidity,” the multi-day conference was presented by the seminary’s center for theology, women, and gender last weekend.
The center’s Director, Jacqueline Lapsley, said in a statement last month that “[g]ender identity is a topic of great interest today, especially for young people.”
“They are questioning the gender binaries — male and female — and some are forging new gender identities in accordance with their self-understanding,” said Lapsley.
Also a professor of the Old Testament, Lapsley told The Christian Post that there is “a great deal of scholarly discussion these days about gender fluidity, and about how gender is constructed and experienced.”
“The prevalence of these discussions, coupled with concern over the violence perpetrated against persons who do not identify with the gender binaries, led us to hold a conference to explore this topic a bit more,” said Lapsley.
The conference lacked any speakers who might be critical of the so called gender fluidity notion, an omission that Lapsley told CP was intentional.
“The ‘orthodox/traditional’ view on gender, i.e., the gender binary, is pervasive in our society. It is widely known. The purpose of the conference was not to hold a debate among contesting views, but to hear from voices traditionally silenced,” explained Lapsley.