When you die, you meet the old hag, and she eats your scars. If you have no scars, then she eats your eyeballs, and you're blind in the next life. - Carved on a bus bench on Hawthorne
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Sphere is a listserv for people who bend even the boundaries of transgenderism. It's a bunch of people who identify as both genders, or no gender, or third-gendered... I'm trying to think if I forgot any possibilities :-) We'll share what it's like to be queerer than queer, discuss how we fit into trans and other communities, fight the good activist fight, and tell cool stories about our genderfucked experiences.
We take our name from the idea that gender isn't a dichotomy (where there's either male or female) or a continuum (where there's a rainbow of stuff in between, all in a line and all related to male or female) but a sphere, where male and female are just two of an infinite number of possible points and you can be anywhere on, inside, or outside, the gendered world.
To sign up, email email@example.com and say "Subscribe sphere (your email address)." There are no requirements for membership.
"Thou pimp of gender!" - Robert Burns
"We're trained to see only male or female and to plot people into those
categories when they actually don't fit neatly at all. But if we pause,
watch and listen closely we'll see the multiplicity of ways in which
people are sexed and gendered. There exists a range of personal
identifications around woman, man, in-between--we don't even have names or
pronouns that reflect that in between place but people certainly live in
"It's mostly like being someone without a name.
"I don't believe in a continuum between male and female. It has become
very hip to postulate continua, and often
it seems for the simple reason to get rid of the burden to define
categories. In this case, up to now, I've never seen a
convincing attempt at parametricizing that continuum, so it remains a
belief-system rather than being a halfway
credible working-hypothesis. Also I'm a bit suspicious about the
motivation to pick out male and female as the poles
of the continuum: looks like an attempt to save the old dichotomy by
camouflaging it a bit. If we tried to account for
all the parameters relevant to the 40+ syndromes we're dealing with we
would end up with a multidimensional
categorial space, and the poles w/ respect to the gonadal parameter
probably would be something like agonadism and
streaked gonads as in gonadal dysgeneses such as Turner's or Swyer's, w/
respect to the karyotypic parameter we
probably had something like 45,X at the center of the system of
coordinates and all kinds of mosaicisms branching off
to yield a real mathematically complex graph :-) ..."
"A few times, I've noticed someone deliberately watching me to see which
bathroom I'll go into. If this happens, I pause by the entrances to the
bathrooms, pull a coin out of my pocket, and flip it. Then (and this is
what makes the performance more than a mere prank) I look down at the
coin with an expression of dismay, mutter aloud, "Oh, God, not again"--and
walk into the bathroom I was going to use anyway."
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