"Virginia Ramey Mollenkott . . . shows the courage . . . and the scholarly grace her readers have come to expect." --Mary E. Hunt, codirector, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
"Gives transgendered people the chance to reclaim their connection to God." --Dana Rivers, board of directors, International Foundation for Gender Education
A landmark book, filling . . . a major void in transgender writing; the missing bridge between traditional religious doctrine and secular postmodern theory." --Kate Bornstein, author of "Gender Outlaw" and "My Gender Workbook"
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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott contends that the common understanding of gender as two opposite sexes is woefully inadequate. In fact, she argues that this "binary gender paradigm" is oppressive and inflicts grave suffering on many people. Identifying ways in which this paradigm is harmful to people, Mollenkott moves beyond the current gender construct to offer a vision of a new, more flexible gender paradigm which she terms "omnigender."
Drawing on a lifetime of experience in writing and teaching about gender issues, Mollenkott bridges traditional religious doctrine and secular postmodern theory related to gender. She honors the experiences of people who do not fit within the traditional binary concept of gender, including individuals who are intersexual, transsexual, or otherwise transgendered. Examining the Jewish and Christina scriptures and church history, she finds alternative concepts of gender. Exploring Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, African, Native American, and other religions, she uncovers precedents for increased gender fluidity.
In proposing a new paradigm, Mollenkott offers a vision of what such and omnigendered society might look like and offers suggestions for the educational, scientific, and political steps it will take to get there. "The binary gender construct has been and continues to be of life-and-death importance to those who cannot meet society's unrealistic requirement," writes Mollenkott. In Omingender. A Trans-religious Approach
, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott shows how shifting gender paradigms will liberate individuals and make our society more truthful and just.