Cela s'explique sans doute par le conservatisme de la societe marocaine et par la honte d'etre androgyne
, d'etre entre-deus-sexes, d'etre une troisieme alterite.
the state of ecstasy (as its etymology implies) involves a symbolic and psychological condition of being disembodied and thus is similar to the condition of the primal androgyne
Or, ces deux astres sont sexues et possedent des caracteristiques androgynes
is not the fusion of two distinct entities, but the revelation of an underlying unity: and the androgyne
which symbolizes this union merely reveals a pre-existent androgyny" (Busst, p.
He identifies a brand of beauty that goes beyond male and female and so has universal properties; the realm of the aesthetic ideal is then the realm of the androgyne
What is at issue then, is Rabelais's intention when, despite referring to Plato as the source of Gargantua's device, he makes a curious change, describing the heads of the Androgyne
as facing each other, deliberately turning Plato's gendered figure into a sexual one.
And if we go back even further, we find Plato imagining us all as androgynes
at the outset, cleaved in half by a ruthless fate, condemned to seek our completion.
Wendy Doniger is the author of Women, Androgynes
, and Other Beasts (Chicago) and co-editor of the forthcoming Off With Her Head
In the mid-'70s, just as art historians were resuscitating forgotten artists like the Belgian Fernand Khnopff, who obsessively painted sphinxes and androgynes
as well as photographed his sister in antique drag, Ontani -- in the midst of a profoundly personal rediscovery of androgynous imagery in Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist art -- was photographing himself in exalted and Old Masterish poses that seemed to unlock his many doubles.
At the masked ball, in the labyrinth, there are anarchists, androgynes
, misogynists and thugs.
As the play opens, the audience is greeted by a louche tableau of opium-smoking androgynes
lounging by a lily-covered pond, on a stage covered in printed cloth and lit by a multitude of hanging lamps.
They look less like androgynes
than superhumans, like archetypes that become extreme caricatures of the kind of values you might hear touted at a Republican convention (family, religion, capitalism, etc.