(43) Here Boyarin notes that 'Paul's interpretation of Genesis is virtually identical to Philo's.' (44) For Philo, the first story of Gen 1 tells of an entirely spiritual being, a 'singular unbodied Adam-creature', whose designation as both male and female really means a primal androgyne
of no sex.
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
. An interest in androgyny that may have been in the first instance a product of the author's ambivalent sexuality is shown to be much more than this.
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.).
But it also peoples the parentheses of this shadow world with monsters of its own-agents disgraced at the Bay of Pigs; cowboy mercenaries shopping for a little war; Kennedyhating Mafiosi, international remittance men, Batista swamp-rats; myths (salamanders out of Paracelsus) and freaks (geeks, androgynes
O'Murchu's view of religious as androgynes
and his allusion to reform in celibate sexual intimacy, in this reviewer's opinion, take away from the larger discussion of sexuality within religious life, the harnessing of divine eroticism, and the consideration of sexuality beyond procreation.
Le cinema mondial regorge de films de travestis et d'androgynes
. Deja, le grand Charlot , dans Mamzelle Charlot , s'orne des atours des femmes pour mieux approcher sa bien-aimee,.
does not love,' wrote Julia Kristeva (1987).
These two attitudes--the celebration of procreation and the virulent condemnation of sodomy--come together around a most unlikely site, the figure of the Androgyne
in Aristophanes' speech.
The utopian aura of Theleme prompts one to think of other models tinged with Utopia, one of which is the myth of the Androgyne
, recorded in Plato's Symposium, a myth to which Rabelais refers earlier in Gargantua while creating his own Androgyne
depicted on the young prince's device.