Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More than two

Today in Pride Alliance, when we were talking about the differences between sex and gender, I remembered this quotation that a family friend passed on to me. The piece comes from the philosophical text "The Interpretation of Utterances" by Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.
"There are not two sexes, there are *n* sexes; there are as many sexes as there are assemblages. And since each of us enters into several assemblages, each of us has *n* sexes. When children discover they are reduced to one sex, male or female, they discover their powerlessness: they lose the machinic sense and are left only with the signification of a tool. And then a child really does fall into depression. They have been damaged; their countless sexes have been stolen!"
Isn't the multiplicity that this passage evokes amazing? Also, I love the sense of play it implies-- the adventure of coming into our various sexes, the multitude of ways that we related to our bodies. The psalmist is totally spot on: we are fearfully and wonderfully made.


So, speaking of being fearfully and wonderfully made, I wrote another devotion for that crazy guy from Lutheran Campus Ministry... what's his name? Oh yeah: Ben Buss, who rocks my world and blogged for the first time the other day for the first time since Christmas. Yeah, that guy. ;-) The devotion is about Pride Week, and if you're curious about how the psalmist helps me celebrate this week then you should check it out here. The whole series, of course, is at http://lentendevotions.blogspot.com.

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