Target’s Gender Neutrality: How Far Can We Bend?

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With the recent announcement that national retailer Target would be removing store signage that distinguishes between “girls” stuff and “boys” stuff, conservatives are beginning to wonder if there’s a breaking point. Is there any liberal concession too idiotic? Or are the American people incapable of seeing how ludicrous our culture is becoming?

The argument is that separating sections into these delineations enforces harmful gender norms and increases bigotry against transgenders and gender-neutral individuals. That seems like a tough pill to swallow, but you can’t expect to apply reason and logic to anything liberals do. They create the theory, they find “problems” that can be solved by following the theory, and then they solve them. And if Target’s move is any indication, corporate America is scared to death of challenging these imbeciles.

Thankfully, not everyone is so easily swayed. Outspoken preacher Franklin Graham criticized Target’s policy this week with a blistering rant on his Facebook page. “I have news for them and for everyone else,” Graham wrote. “God created two different genders. Jesus said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female’ (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that.”

Graham’s Bible verse is hardly going to sway any atheists or liberals, but it certainly speaks to conservative Christians. His post accumulated more than 100,000 likes in only a couple of days. Whether his followers will go the extra step and boycott Target remains to be seen. If they do, it won’t be long before Target quietly puts their gendered signs back on the wall.

On the other hand, it’s insane to think that we actually have to go digging through the Bible to find reasons to oppose this nonsense. This is pretty basic stuff, no? Who, even a few years ago, could have imagined that the country we love would one day be unable to distinguish between men and women? This is progress? Hoo, boy.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with stamping out bigotry. Transgender teens should (obviously) not be subject to the bullying that is driving so many of them to an early grave. Love the sinner, hate the sin is a motto more Christians could stand to adopt. Mind your own effing business is another good one.

But see, the left won’t allow us these options. It’s not enough just to be “tolerant” anymore. No, we have to change the entire structure of our culture so that every last sexual minority feels welcome. We have to redefine the meaning of words so no one feels excluded. It’s a free-for-all where the only true sin is being part of the majority. Who knew that being normal was such a terrible crime?

Even an atheist can see where this is headed. You don’t have to believe that God created two different genders to know they exist. No one’s saying that every girl needs to wear pink dresses and play with Barbie dolls. No one’s saying that every boy needs to wear dirty jeans and play with Tonka trucks. These are social constructions, granted. But there is a world of difference between a girl who wants to climb trees and play football and a girl who insists she’s a boy trapped in the wrong body. The former is fine, the latter is…well, the truth is that we don’t know what the former is. And until we do, it’s rather premature to start putting six thousand years of civilized society through the shredder.