Grant Castleberry posted an article this morning about Target and the removal of gender stereotypical signs for toys, lamenting the capitulation of a secular commercial corporation to secular values.
Over the weekend, Target became the next corporate power, after Amazon, to rid themselves of all gender designations and labels for children’s toys and bedding.
In the corporate rush to not be the company behind the ever-moving gender eight ball, all it seems to take is a few social-media punches from disgruntled, progressive customers, and companies are swift to jump on the winding, zigzag gender line.
The problem is, the line keeps moving and twisting, and in this case, disappearing.
(Read more here)
Yes, you got that right. Target, as a secular corporation is not allowed to embrace secular values, because, as we all know, capitalism is God's will and all corporations must adhere to biblical values, contrary to that abhorrent socialism that gives things to people who need them in accordance to the rule established by Apostle Paul:
2 Cor 8:13-15 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little." NIV
But let's get back to the article.
I have often wondered why CBMW has such an affinity towards warfare and combat. John Piper recommended in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood that we should "develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle." (p 57) And in his article Castleberry writes,
There is a jar-headish catch-phrase used in the Marine Corps that says, “Words mean things.” As silly as it sounds, it is eerily true. Lives depend, especially in combat, on speaking accurately and truthfully.
What does this have to do with Target removing gender stereotypical signs from their inventory? The answer: gender means things. And because it means certain things to CBMW, it must also mean the same things to everyone else, and if it doesn't, then we have a culture war in our hands, expect that it isn't really a war, it's more like a lot of whining, and it's getting old really fast.
But what really gets me about Castleberry's article is how glibly he quotes Genesis 1:27 in an effort to convince us that gender means things. Yes, we are male and female by creation, but the thrust of the verse is not our need for separate but equal signs in stores to avoid gender confusion, but the fact that all humans, both male and female as image bearers, are equal.
Let's consider this last thought. If men and women are by creation equal and both reflect God in their humanity because both carry the Image of God within themselves, yet men and women are different, why the stereotypes? If the differences are innate, no schooling or convincing is going to make us anything other than who we are. We may for a moment pretend we are someone we aren't, but with time we'll find our true selves and reject the pretense. And it is here that we find the greatest flaw in all of CBMW's theology.
If we must be guided to become who we should be by being constantly reminded of who we should be, then it is no longer about innate traits, it's about conditioning.
And we all know that we can be conditioned to accept a lot of things, such as inferiority and shame, cover your legs or you'll tempt someone, boys will be boys, girls can't throw a ball, women need love men need respect. Repeat these often enough and people will believe them, and that's the secret behind these "innate" gender characteristics that CBMW has sworn to protect to the bitter end, for CBMW knows that if we aren't conditioned to think in a certain way from childhood, we are less likely to accept gender stereotypes when we grow older. And it has already become a self-fulfilling prophecy: with the decline of churchgoers (especially from childhood) and the increased access to information, people are beginning to reject gender stereotypes in alarming numbers. But then again, if CBMW is right and these stereotypes are in fact innate, they shouldn't have to worry so much, because a moment's confusion will soon give way to clarity when people realize that what they have believed isn't working. Or perhaps we are already seeing it now that we no longer need to fear the Inquisition, or the Red Scare, and we are finally free to be who were all along. In the meanwhile, perhaps CBMW should be encouraged to make their own toys.