Gender Identity- Philosophy of Love and Sex
The explanation of gender identity is contradictive topic that requires any philosopher to
challenge theories that have long been formulated to explain this phenomenon. In this
explanation, I take a close look at philosophies developed by biologists and Darwinian
philosophers. It is only logical to take into account these theories because they are the
foundational arguments on which trans gender and cisgender arguments are built. Additionally, I
take a look at works by William Wilkerson and Talia Bettcher, whose arguments shed more
controversies on the issues of gender identity. While arguing these statements, it is necessary to
consider the role of love and sex in the understanding of sexual identity. This is in line with
Plato’s Symposium where Socrates argues out what love is and what role it plays in the
identification of a person.
While arguing out the issue of gender orientation and gender identity, I recognize that
everyone has a choice to choose whatever gender they want to be. Having made their choice,
they should be accepted for who they are with no discrimination whatsoever. While making this
stance, I also recognize the moral inclination of such a situation in today’s society. Morals have
grown to be controversial. We cannot establish what is good and why it is good. According to
Plato’s symposium, Socrates argues objectively that for every good there is a bad and there exists
a thin line between what is good, bad or just. He conclusively states that what is bad can be just.
Therefore, to support my stand, I say that the society should prove the bad in choosing one’s
gender and also justify that bad through illustration. If not, then a person’s gender should be left
Are Trans Persons Different from Cisgender People?
Article 1: Trans Women and the Meaning of “Woman”
In this article, Talia Bettcher argues out gender identity on transgender and cisgender
persons based on two theories, the “wrong body model” and the transgender model. She
disagrees with these theories which otherwise fail to capture the issue of gender effectively.
More specifically, she touches on the definition of a trans woman and a woman as we know it in
the society. According to the wrong body model, the existence of transgender perso...