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"Gender Ideology: For a ‘Third Sex’ Without Reserve"

Loughlin, Gerard

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‘Gender ideology’ is a term used by many, but especially the Vatican, to chastise the view that sexual difference is more than just male and female, sexuality more than desire of the opposite. Each of the three books discussed in this article defends some version of this supposed ideology; each argues—though in different ways—for the need to move beyond a dimorphic account of sexual difference. Their arguments are taken up and deployed against what is here presented as the ideology of sexual dimorphism, as it is seen in the body theology of John Paul II. It is argued that such a theology dehumanises intersexed people, along with homosexuals, and undermines Christian soteriology. The church needs to acknowledge as fully human all who don’t conform to heterosexual dimorphism; it needs to embrace a ‘third sex’ without reserve.


Loughlin, G. (2018). "Gender Ideology: For a ‘Third Sex’ Without Reserve". Studies in Christian Ethics, 31(4), 471-482.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 19, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 7, 2018
Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2018
Journal Studies in Christian Ethics
Print ISSN 0953-9468
Electronic ISSN 1745-5235
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Pages 471-482


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Loughlin, Gerard (2018). "Gender Ideology: For a ‘Third Sex’ Without Reserve". Studies in Christian Ethics 31(4): 471-482. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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