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Old 12-04-2006, 02:33 PM   #86
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I think you are really on to something here...

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Originally Posted by TKMJ Productions
Think about this:
Society has taught us two rolls female and male. Now look at our way of life in general.

In government in the States we have republican and democrat. There is also a minority in the middle that no one really accepts the "independant". We also have "right wing" and "left wing" What about the people in the middle who like some from both ends but will not commit to either side.

You can see where I am going with this. Now apply the two-spirit people to these type concepts as the "people in the middle". Society has taught us that there are only two sides.
The people in the middle are forced to pick a side or get pushed away because the won't commit to either side.

That is exactly what society has done to our two-spirit population. Pushed them aside because they won't pick the side where society expects them to be because of gender.
I think you are really on to something here. The western mind is taught to think in dichotomies (white/black, master/slave, NDN/non-NDN). And those of us who have experience being in-between in one way or another know the world is a much bigger place than that and we know the diversity of the human family is much wider in scope than most care to imagine. Traditionally, we Native people have always been good at being able to deal with and understand 2 or more seemingly opposing realities being true or not negating each other. That also happens to be a sign of genus according to the western standard of intelligence. How do you like them apples?!?
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