So is Twig a man or a woman?

Of course, it’s a politicized issue.  Ingenious gender neutral pronouns aside, we’ve been skirting the question for awhile.  It might not ordinarily be quite so big of an issue either way, but maybe because of the deep gender weirdness of the Adam and Eve business, it does seem like making Twig a fella would be reinforcing some ancient misogyny, whereas making Twig a lady would be making a Big Statement about women; what Twig does, and what e’s responsible for, might not be necessarily 100% attractive, and who wants to be making a Big Statement that says, all over again, that women are responsible for the Fall from Grace?  (Not me.  I couldn’t tell you whether male and female brains evolved differently – maybe they did – but it’s not really what the show’s about, anyway.)  Maybe it’s possible to make Twig gender neutral – after all, e will be a rough bundle of twigs and things, maybe not so evident what kind of bits e’s got, but that seems disingenuous.  I would think that Twig’s gender would be a pretty important feature to cave people.

So I don’t know.  Any opinions out there?

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2 Responses to So is Twig a man or a woman?

  1. Terminator E says:

    Back then there were three genders, according to Aristophanes: male, female, and also a part-daughter-part-son. In later times legend tells of a “Tinky-Winky”, who’s ambiguity tore a nation in two.

  2. Neandertaler says:

    There may be much value in keeping Twig neutral, or rather “gender-complex.” For one, it was a major insight for me to realize that in reading stories, or watching films, I (a male) and my partner (a female) often identify with characters based on their gender, whether they are the main character in the story or not. For the sake of people identifying with Twiggy, it might be good to keep en ambiguous. As a spectator, I would personally really like to feel like Twiggy was me, back then, in a way I can hardly imagine now. Another argument would be that sexuality back then may well not have known the almost dogmatic boundaries (gay/straight/bi/top/bottom) that it sticks to now, so avoiding the definitions altogether might be liberating. Besides, there’s no real way of knowing who put their hand on the cave wall to make a print.

    I read an interesting take on Adam and Eve, and I wish I could remember where. Eve knocks on the gates of Paradise and when Adam asks who comes calling she says, “I am Eve; I want to come in, eat the Forbidden Fruit and bring grief and evil into the world.” As soon as he hears this, Adam opens the gate and lets Eve in. In other words, they are both responsible for that “fall from Grace” that made the whole world theirs…