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The Three Sexes



One of the biggest issues in the news these days has to do with public restrooms.  It appears that two are no longer enough; now business establishments have to have at least three.  One for men, one for women, and one for transgender people . . . and, just in case you have not heard about it, airports that have over 10,000 passengers per year will now also have to have a “pet potty!”

For some strange reason and shortly after retiring for the night, I woke up thinking about this, and I remembered something that I read a long, long, time ago.  It seems that Aristophanes,  a comic playwright of ancient Athens, believed that there were three (3) sexes.  Since the information that I am referring to took place between about 385 and 370 BC, the three sexes probably all used the same bathroom (if there was one).  However, I am of the opinion that not too many of you are aware of Aristophanes belief, so I am going to quote below some of the text from his speech regarding this matter.  (You can read the entire story by clicking on the URL that appears under the above picture).

” There were three sexes: the all male, the all female, and the “androgynous,” who was half male, half female…”

**” Zeus thought about blasting them with thunderbolts, but did not want to deprive himself of their devotions and offerings, so he decided to cripple them by chopping them in half, in effect separating the two bodies.”

” Ever since that time, people run around saying they are looking for their other half because they are really trying to recover their primal nature. The women who were separated from women run after their own kind, thus creating lesbians. The men split from other men also run after their own kind and love being embraced by other men (191e). Those that come from original androgynous beings are the men and women that engage in heterosexual love…”

 I think having three bathrooms in a bar or restaurant or grocery store, or any business that caters to the public is OK, and I can certainly see the value of having an indoor pet potty (thus avoiding the need to exit the terminal with your animal so that it can relieve itself – then having to re-enter and go through customs or security again).  What do you think?

**I’m glad we no longer follow Zeus’ practice of “chopping them in half,” however, I do believe that there are people out there today who would like to do that!


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