Walter Bruggemann's moral and religious sensibilitie are so sharp. He claims that the amorphous anxiety entailed in the unraveling of an older order attaches to this issue, but has little do with it. Consequently, the theological arguments are moot. I would add that the particular nature of sexuality and gender plays a significant role in this displacement. We are already anxious around gender and sex, its intoxicating powers and fearful addictions, its pleasures that can both affirm and dissolve the self, the attendant ectasy and terror of love and being loved, of desire and being desired, the "little death" of orgasm that gives life, except if we fail to hold an erection or conceive. As well, gender is code for all social order, for the way of the world, for the stable and inevitable way things are. The first question when a baby is born is "what is it?" As if all depends upon a single certainty of belonging. All of these and more all already present in sex and gender and so it so are well attuned to represent the free floating anxieties of any age.
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