I read Glenn Stanton’s recent article in The Daily Citizen (Focus on the Family) entitled “Atlantic Magazine Science Writer: Men Don’t Have to Menstruate.” It got my attention. The article was “about how suffering through the end of their monthly cycle might now be a thing of the past for women.” But the shocker was, “that men need no longer to have their period either.” Stanton calls this confusion “a significant cultural indicator.”
The article demonstrated how an influential magazine like the Atlantic has in Stanton’s words bowed, “low to the new gender theory orthodoxy that yes, both men and women do indeed have periods and no one should think otherwise.”
The article highlights how menstruation is becoming an elective bodily process. One expert believes, “We now have the technology to make periods optional.” While reporting on a personal health issue for women, Stanton points out “the astonishing editorial choices” used in writing the article. “Her” is avoided, with the use of the gender-neutral “their.”
In order maintain that menses are not solely a female issue, phrases such as “people who have periods” is used, along with “people who have periods spend an average of 2,300 days of their lives menstruating.” Then their is this curious statement, “The cost of so-called feminine products can add up to thousand of dollars over a person’s lifetime.” Why not just say women or female. Because as Stanton point out the Atlantic, “is following a……wholly novel theory that a man can be as legitimately a woman as any other woman merely by declaring himself one.”
Stanton wonders why “the otherwise fine Atlantic piece didn’t specify whether ‘men’ were included in their analysis. He replies “it had to do with the difference between doing actual science and pushing a wholly creative ideology that is directly at odds with one of the most fundamental realities of what it means to be a human.”
You know there is confusion when Facebook has listed over 50 gender options to choose from when filling out a personal profile. This is sure proof that “gender” has become untethered from reality. The remedy is to go back to the original design, at the beginning, found in the book of Genesis.
Jesus was definite in telling us, “at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female'” (Matt. 19:4), going on the say that the two in marriage cannot be separated. The Pharisees questioned Jesus stand on marriage, saying Moses allowed for divorce. Jesus was saying in effect, “this is not the way God created it to be. Something has gone terribly wrong. This was not the way in was in the beginning.”
Christopher West uses the analogue of people driving with a flat tire as being normal when it comes to our sexuality. But Jesus is telling the pharisees that “in the beginning, they had air in their tires.” We need to go back to the beginning to see how distorted of view of sexuality has become.
Jesus came into the world not to condemn those with flat tires, but rather to re-inflate their flat tires. West observes, “We cannot actually return to the state of innocence; we’ve left that behind. But by following Christ we can receive God’s original plan for our sexuality and live it with Christ’s help.”
I love the analogue of “flat tires.” Men, turn to Jesus in humble dependence, asking him to fill the deep caverns of your soul, so that you might be affirmed in your fully alive masculine soul. Jesus can inflate your tires, giving you all the passion and energy you need to be “one” with your bride.