January 28th, 2004


same sex marriage

Last night, Josh and I went to most of the taping of Justice Talking, an NPR show hosted by Margot Adler. I'm not familiar with this show, but the format is vaguely debatish, with two guests, each representing opposing views on the issue of the day, and Margot Adler moderating, with questions from the audience throughout. Collapse )
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Okay, in all seriousness, this idea of gender being the deepest part of someone's humanity is striking me really oddly. Maybe I just didn't do enough gender studies or something, but this concept isn't actually one I've run into before. So:

The quote I'm working from is this: "...the deepest part of their humanity, expressed in their maleness or femaleness..." (Glen Stanton)

Mostly this is interesting to me because when I think of the concept of an individual's humanity, I tend to think of it as being BEYOND, or under sex or gender. Is that weird? Have I been missing a vast body of philosophy that puts male/female first and human second? Probably. And, all in all, I think it's likely just as well.

But it does have me thinking about how I conceive myself (and, by extension, other people). And I think I see it this way, working from foundation to superficie:

Living, breathing, blood & bone thing -->
Human/Person -->
Smart/Thinking -->
Female -->
White -->
Atheistic/Jewish/Agnostic -->
Queer -->
Adult -->

But I'm not sure about all that, and I'll have to think about how it all maps out a bit more. And I'm sure I'm missing some categories. I think I want a 3D model to get really complex :)
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