A Materialistic Defense of Transgender Identity

Some time ago Richard Dawkins, arguably the world’s foremost atheist, tweeted that he does not consider transgender women to be actual women, and that he only calls them “she” out of courtesy. Commenting on this tweet in his podcast The Briefing, Albert Mohler, one of the most prolific Southern Baptists and president of the largest Southern Baptist seminary in America, stated that this shows how Richard Dawkins is a “consistent materialist.”

In my discussions on social media, I have come across a few atheists who argue that my transgender identity (as a trans woman) indicates my belief in something metaphysical, a gender identity that transcends the body. Thus they proceed to argue that by being transgender, I am not a consistent materialist. Some Christians have also challenged me on this very point. In this article, I’d like to offer a materialistic and scientific defense of transgender identity.

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