A Multisexed Species

A Multisexed Species

Michelle C. Aca
Glory Novem B. Marapao


“ We are… a multisexed species.” These are the words, a little over ten years ago- and that liberating recognition saved John Stoltenberg’s life. All the time he was growing up, he knew that there was something really problematical in his relationship to manhood. Inside, deep inside, he never believed that he was fully male- he never believed he was growing up enough of a man. He believed that some place out there, in other men, there was something that was genuine authentic all- American manhood- the real stuff- but he didn’t have it: not enough of it to convince him anyway, even if he manages to be fairly convincing to those around him. He felt like an impostor, like a fake. He agonized a lot about feeling male enough, and he had no idea then how much he was not alone. Those words ha had read suggested to him that the notion of manhood is a cultural delusion, a baseless belief, a false front, a house of cards. It’s not true.

Doubts about the reality of bisexuality are not yet new, since they are common in our society nowadays. Variously characterized within dominant discourses of sexuality as, among other things, a form of infantilism or immaturity, a transitional phrase, a self-delusion or state of confusion, a personal and political cop-out, a panacea, a superficial fashion trend, a marketing tool, even a lie and catachresis, the category of bisexuality for over a century has been persistently refused the title of legitimate sexual identity.

Men are used to think of themselves only as men, and women think of themselves as women, but the facts indicate that every human being is androgynous. “ Within every man there is the Reflection of a Woman, and within every woman there is a Reflection of a Man,” writes the American Indian Hyemeyohsts Storm, who is stating his own personal opinion. The ancient alchemist agreed: “Our Adamic hermaphrodite, though he appears in...

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