Stephen Measure

Unwanted Proof
July 13, 2019

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I have dozens of story ideas I've written down over the years just waiting for me to find time to write them. Unfortunately, with a full-time job and family as well as other obligations, lately I've had depressingly little time to write. So the stories sit there, gathering mental dust until I finally get around to writing them.

But sometimes stories pop into my head and scream to be written immediately, and that is the case with this one. After I wrote my recent essay "The Religious Evangelism of the Rainbow Flag", my mind continued to dwell on the topic. Among other things, I thought about how trusting many people are about gender identity. Someone claims to be a gender and people just believe them. But why? Why do they believe them? Where is their skepticism? Would they be so passively trusting about any other topic?

And as I thought about that, this story quickly grew in my mind. I wrote the entire first (very) rough draft in a single late-night session. Add in a few weeks of revisions and polishing and I am now happy to present to you my latest short satire "Unwanted Proof":

A miraculous invention. Proof, real proof, of gender identity. But then the invention is destroyed and the inventor's assistant murdered.

Who would kill to keep gender identity unprovable?

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Related essays:
The Religious Evangelism of the Rainbow Flag
Gender Identity Is a Religious Belief That I Don't Believe In


topic: gender identity


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