Non-Binary Genders “too far” for you? I say they aren’t far enough — especially in the pagan and polytheist communities!

[Much of this post was originally from a comment on Facebook about a pagan / tarot “elder” [I’d never heard of her, but I guess she’s well-known in tarot circles?] who felt that non-binary genders were “going too far”, even suggesting that this was all a new thing made up by young people to be “special snowflakes,” or something.]

Historically speaking, non-binary genders are older than “binary” trans identities. The idea of gender as a binary is largely a Christian invention, and as we live in a Christian-dominated society, it’s impossible to say how many binary-gendered trans people of today would maintain a binary identity if, hypothetically speaking, Christianity lost the battle for dominance and Western society was, essentially, still generally “pagan.” All traditional cultures that survive as non-Christian recognize anywhere between three and nine genders traditional to their society — to say that NB genders are some new-fangled “Tumblrism” is to betray a gross ignorance of gender, in general. It’s far from a new concept; at most, it’s one Western society has been in the process of reclaiming for about the last century and, thanks to the way the Internet connects people to one-another, has only been gaining in visibility over the last decade and some (anyone who’s only just now taking notice of this reclaimation over the last year or so simply hasn’t been paying attention).

It would be like saying the “menstrual mysteries” embraced by many cis women in pagan communities is somehow “new,” when the reality is that it’s very very far from a new and novel concept. Before the rise of Christianity, Western pre-Christian societies generally recognized those who existed as being between genders, and many of those societies even gave such people a place of distinction within the culture. Some of these cultures even discovered ways to alter secondary sex characteristics long before the advent of modern HRT and surgeries — but to say this was somehow a perfect cultural translation of modern trans women and trans men is an exercise in cultural chauvinism, practically Colonialism, all too prevalent in modern Western people. Similarities of experience does not mean the experiences are identical.

Gender has always existed outside the binary demanded by Christianity.

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The most American thing since that painting of The Apotheosis of George Washington

Two trucks having sex
Two trucks having sex
My muscles, my muscles
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks having sex
Two trucks having sex
My muscles, my muscles
Involuntarily flex

TWO PICKUP TRUCKS
MAKING LOVE
AMERICAN MADE
BUILT FORD TOUGH
TWO BEAUTIFUL MURDER MACHINES
AMERICAN ANGELS IN THE SKY
GROWN MEN CRY

Two trucks having sex (oh yes)
Two trucks having sex (oh yes)
My muscles (UH) My muscles (UH)
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks, having sex (oh yes)
Two trucks, having sex (oh yes)
my muscles (UH) my muscles (UH)
Involuntarily flex

RIGHT BY MY SIDE
THERE’S ZZ TOP
AND ROBERT Z’DAR
FROM MANIAC COP 1, 2 and 3
THIS BARBECUE COULD BRING YOU TO YOUR KNEES
AND SO COULD THESE TWO TRUCKS

Two trucks holding hands
Two trucks holding hands
The passion, the passion
Is more than I can withstand

Two trucks holding hands
Two trucks holding hands
The passion, the passion
My big fat heart expands

TWO PICKUP TRUCKS
ONE CYLINDER BLOCK
CRUSH MY BODY LIKE A ROCK
SO BEAUTIFUL
NO STARS TONIGHT
JUST FIREWORKS AND EAGLES IN THE SKY
THE FOUNDING FATHERS CRY

Two trucks having sex (oh yes)
Two trucks having sex (oh yes)
my muscles (UH) my muscles (UH)
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks, having sex (oh yes)
Two trucks, having sex (oh yes)
my muscles (UH) my muscles (UH)
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks having sex
Two trucks having sex
My muscles, my muscles
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks having sex
Two trucks having sex
My muscles, my muscles
Involuntarily flex

Two trucks (having sex)
Two trucks (having sex)
Two trucks (having sex, having sex, having sex)
Two trucks (having sex)
Two trucks (having sex)
Two trucks (having sex, having sex, having sex)
credits
from Nature Tapes EP, track released May 3, 2013

 

 

Soft Skills Aren’t “Sexy”: Whom We Befriend and Make Our Allies Matters.

KALLISTI

At sixteen and seventeen, I took 200- and 300-level college history courses in East Asian and Russian History. I chose those classes because my high school’s treatment of world history was severely lacking. Our history teacher kept getting shipped out to Afghanistan for combat, so my sophomore year had been spent oscillating between him and a bunch of random substitute teachers who seldom knew the material well.

Rural Missouri used the Texas-approved schoolbooks that taught Old Testament history as if it were true while at the same time teaching us disparaging and often incorrect things about African, Asian, South Asian, and American indigenous practices/history. As the sole non-Christian in the class, I didn’t know the Old Testament, so I actually had to learn the names of people and memorize things for the test.

I spent a fair bit of time reading Gnostic gospels and their commentaries, occult and esoteric texts…

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