The aggressive femme fatale in Marti's Amistad Funesta, the intimidating and very masculine Dona Barbara of Gallegos' novel by the same name, and the fragmented "feminine" narrative style of El senor presidente by Asturias all figure prominently in Swier's investigation of bi-gendered
She's bisexual and bi-gendered
and converses with "Pauline," a quantum computer planted beneath her skin.
She invokes the Classical archetypes of Tiresias, the bi-gendered
sage, and Minerva, Greek goddess of wisdom whose symbol, the owl, can turn its neck 180 degrees and see in all directions.
This was part of a broad social transformation, Rudy argues, a "new language of mass consumption" which ultimately undermined "manly etiquette." The Suffrage-era quest for greater female participation in civic life coupled with the availability of affordable, mass produced cigarettes meant that women took up smoking in large numbers, in keeping with their burgeoning roles in the bi-gendered
As a result, he says, "I came out as bi-gendered
and now incorporate my personal gender politics into my acts.
The question of what might be used to escape the limitations of a bi-gendered
system effectively screens that of re-thinking gender to include every possibility.
Other people identify as "bi-gendered
," the meaning of which is different for different people.
On the engraving of the first edition of L'Isle des hermaphrodites (1605), below the portrait of a bi-gendered
courtier (revealingly female at the top, and male at the bottom), the caption reads in part: "No matter whom one resembles, Better have both together, One gets twice the pleasure".