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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, October 18, 2003, 17:23
On 18 Oct 2003 at 17:53, Joe wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Stone Gordonssen" <stonegordonssen@...> > To: <CONLANG@...> > Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 5:36 PM > Subject: Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN > > > > >Now I'm curious. I can't come up with a full 7 social or cultural gender > > >categories. I can think of 3 immediately: male, female, and eununch. I > > >can think of several other possibilities, but 7 is a lot. Can you > > >enlighten me? > > > > I studied it as part of my classes in anthropology - I remember > specfically > > a culture in Siberia used to have 7 - but my books ae packed away still. A > > number of North American Native cultures had 4 genders. > > > > If you associate gender with social role rather than sex & genitalia & > > ability to produce or not produce children(male, female, eunuch), the > vista > > should open for you. > > > > > > Let me think... > > Male, Female, Male Transvestite, Female Transvestite, Primarily Male Eunuch, > Primarily Female Eunuch, Hermaphrodite/Neutral Gender Role.
ISTR (and it was a *very* long time ago) reading that there are/were three primary gender roles in Comanche society. To drastically oversimplify and paraphrase these: Warrior, Mystic (this is not the right term, but I can't think of a better one-word term) and Homemaker, being traditionally Masculine Male, Effeminate Male and Female in constituency. IMO, the great question in social gender is "what distinguishes a social gender from a social caste?" A mere collocation of social behaviors into a number of distinct social roles that are mantained throughout ones life are not sufficient grounds (in my imagination). For example: Does it have to be common (or at least allowable) for romantic / sexual connections to exist between members of any two social genders? Is there even any lusty implication to social genders at all in that society? What is it that distinguishes a mere customary social role, adopted by a person for their livelihood, from a situation where actual social genders can be said to exist? Is "storyteller" ever a social gender, or merely an occupation / calling? How about "shaman"? Or "prostitute"? Paul