Mark 10:7

‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother,


always intriguing
basing today
on because
of yesterday

there are many ways
beyond this theory’s given

more intriguing
basing today
on soon
a tomorrow

there are many ways
beyond this theory’s given

most intriguing
basing today
on ifs
of today

there are many ways
beyond this theory’s given


There is nothing inherent in the development of a binary male-female construct that requires one way of working out a relationship between the two. Questions galore can be asked about this “because”. There seems to be a tradition taking precedence here, not a cause.

There have been alternatives to a joining of male and female down through time. An obvious joining is the bringing forth of a new generation of males and females. Beyond that, which is not an imperative in an over-populated world, there are as many different ways of combining sexes and genders as there are people involved. It can’t even be said that in any given relationship that the parties are engaged with one another in an agreed upon reason for their being together.

If readers here are interested in exploring some of the variations of human integrity and cultural expressions, it would be good to pick up nearly any book by Ursula K. Le Guin. A couple of starting places would be her Left Hand of Darkness, The Birthday of the World, and Changing Planes.

Since the Kinsey Reports in the 1940s and 50s we have been finding more and more variations of human interaction within and between males and females. The combinations and permutations are legendary by now and it takes a certain amount of myopism to hold to one etiology and commandment about human interactions.

Even a push beyond later commands and traditions to a basic observation about male and female can’t get us to a single place. The basic indeterminacy of intersexuality points to diversity. When bodies are unclear about basic physiology everything else becomes more so.

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