Trialogue #16: Gender Issues
Esalen, California, 1991
Ralph’s hypothesis of androgyny. A person’s soul does not necessarily share the gender restriction of the biological body. Social practices that emphasize gender differences can hinder the exposure of a complete person. Achieving maximum androgyny through the exploration of sexual experience. Proposals for the salvation of the nuclear family. Healing emotional diseases in relationships. How would androgyny impact monogamy and the behaviour of women? Androgyny as a state of completeness in a person’s psychological make up. Celibacy as a method for personal development. Men’s and women’s movements. Is gender differentiation a necessary feature of human society?
Exploring ways to recover the extended family. The popularity of computer networking. New ways to satisfy the need for community. Our addiction to travel and the need to minimise mobility. The benefits of travelling on foot. Can the computer revolution help reduce the need for travel? A model for a locally-based community. Can the men’s and women’s movements help stabilise gender relations? The revival of interest in rites of passage. Voluntary monogamy.
Art: Sandro Botticelli ‘The Birth Of Venus’ c. 1486