When the male is female, the female male–or both, if you prefer

The young person at the heart of this –see, the linked article at the San Francisco Chronicle — represents a fascinating social phenomenon. An agender person– Eighteen-year-old Sasha Fleischman was named Luke at birth but now does not identify as male or female, goes by Sasha and prefers to be called “they” rather than “he” or “she.” Sorry, it’s too much a mental hassle for me to go to “they” (or ze as some people prefer, I’m not kidding). Sasha anyway was attacked on a bus for wearing a skirt, but generally looking male otherwise. Someone set him on fire. He’s recovering pretty well now (or ze is, if you like).

Being “agender” seems to be a philosophical choice for some, who think gender identity of any sort is societally unhelpful, or something, and others have a kind of psychological state where they just don’t identify with either. Bigender is another name for it. There’s also “non binomial”. I have no objection to the “agender lifestyle choice”. I saw someone like this in Berkeley and assumed they were making a “transcending gender” identity statement. It does seem to me to potentially sort of drain some of the fun out of life–for women who enjoy being feminine, for men who like to look at reasonably feminine women…For drag queens too. I’ve always adored a good drag queen. What’s a drag queen to do with all this going on? And are these people copping an attitude toward transsexuals? “You chose to be a female but you should’ve chosen no choice”?

Is it political correctness gone mad? Or is it a way to defuse the patriarchy or something? The latter–at best. At worst, it might be a kind of passive aggressive social engineering.

Then again I think of the gnostic Gospel of Thomas: Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the Kingdom].”

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