An Interesting piece sufficed on Linda Ikeji this morning. Something even more interesting came attached with the piece in Miss Linda doing what knows how to do best. She asked a question I’ll paraphrase into this: What is the sexual orientation of a man who has carnal knowledge of a transsexual woman (a woman who was born a man)?
I find this question absolutely fascinating owing to the multiple dimensions that come into play when seeking to offer an answer: culture, biology, philosophy etc.
From biology, the answer, in regard to Linda’s case, may be obvious. The physiological changes that accompany human sexual transformation demand that certain chemicals (oestrogen, testosterone) be altered so that the transformee becomes essentially a woman – reeking chemical juice (pheromones) that plays on the sexual cues of – straight – men. Also, men are creatures with heavy dependence on visual cues for what looks attractive. So, he is straight.
But, when culture comes into the mix and the considerations of laid out societal doctrines gets thrown in, things gets complicated.
Premises like “once a man always a man” suffice. Calling on the philosophical genius of Parmenides on the permanence of things. And how the changes that may have occurred are irrelevant in relation to what was, how it affects what is and the effects of these on what will continue to be. But it’s surprising how many of these same people proclaim change as the only permanent thing.
In all, I’m left with a kind of ambivalence. One side supposes that labels should be left to scientists and those who know the difference between what is and what appears to be, concluding that the people who inspired Linda to ask such an intriguing question are part of the few billions who have chosen to “live their life” (forget not the vast diversity of humanity). The other part of me calls the man out as straight as there are no biological features (penile endowment or masculine pectoral embellishment) that would arouse the interest of a truly bisexual, bi-curious or gay man.
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