So I’m doing this crazy thinking-out-loud thing because I know there must be gender/sexual minority aliens, but the way people conceptualize what that means is so culturally specific that I have no real idea what queer aliens would even be like. What follows is some elaborately ridiculous guesses about Klingon culture, but I’ve watched literally all of the Star Trek that exists so just go with me on this unless you have a citation for something I said that directly contradicts established canon, in which case I would love know about it but also don’t care because lmao, Star Trek canon.
I don’t know the details but I know the Talmud touches on intersex people and which mitzvot they have to do; I should ask my dad if there’s been similar discussion re: trans Jews, esp now that things like HRT and elective surgery are feasible.
I’m sure there has been, given that there’s definitely multiple trans reform rabbis, but IDK what that conversation is like at all
I found a rather unpleasant website claiming that one interpretation is that intersex people have to follow the stricter rules for both sexes, which, wow??? how would you even
Originally the rule was “women don’t have to do some of the extra stuff” and over time it morphed to “women can’t do the extra stuff”
hello today I am a radically simplified Jewish gender history blog
Yeah things like wearing tefillin and whatnot are seen as an obligation you could mess up, rather than just a sweet perk. Same reason why Jews don’t have missionaries. Also, egalitarian Jews now say “thank you for making me what I am” instead.
I’ve heard people say “being Jewish is so much work” before, but not “being a Jewish man is so much work”, and its an interesting contrast.
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"My Ex" by Yosef Ibn Zabara, circa 1140-?
A demon was drawn in that woman’s face
and her beauty cut into my organs and limbs;
whenever she spoke, my hair stood up straight-
as the intricate links of my heart wore thin.
She shut the gates of affection and peace-
opened the door to strife and we fought;
she set her dwelling on a hill of complaint,
pitching her tent, and stretching it taught.
She weighed on my heart like the sands of the sea,
and as though she were cooking- boiled my belly.
orevet asked: I showed the Jewish trans poem to my dad. He teaches Talmud, this kind of thing is his bread and butter, and he was completely oblivious to that layer of meaning. Seems like most scholars have viewed it as solely about the burden of having to fulfill traditionally male-only mitzvot (correctly or not). On the plus side, there's a very very very tiny chance that the person who wrote this is an ancestor of mine, as my last name is probably a corruption of 'Qalonymos'. So that's cool.
Yeah it definitely reads as “being a dude is such hard work, women have it easy” and I get that. Is there a tradition of Jewish men complaining about being singled out for religious duties? (And by any chance does it happen to coincide with a tradition of women complaining about being left out of them?) Isn’t thanking God for not making you a woman an actual morning prayer?
Resenting gender roles is such a complicated thing to interpret because it happens to (almost) everyone??? I dunno I got to that line that was something like “I will suffer until I die and whither in the ground” and was like “Even if this is sarcasm about the patriarchy it feels waaay personal”. (btw I just tried to read that poem again for a direct quote and transtorah.org’s bandwidth has been exceeded, presumably by tumblr queers)
Also its much cooler to be possibly-related to obscure Jewish translator-poets than like, royalty or whatever. Neat.
in that book about Hebrew poetry in Muslim and Christian Spain there was this one poem called “My Ex” and it was exactly what you’re imagining
its not like “I definitely know that some historical person is this gender or that sexuality” because thats just silly
its just like
hard, because old-timey people can literally have written things like “I wish I was not a man” or “I’m super into ladies” and there’s a good possibility that they weren’t being literal because it wasn’t like, a thing they could imagine being literal
so you have to be on guard for metaphors all the time in case you identify with something and it turns out to be satire or whatever
and maybe some people are being literal but somehow there’s almost never enough evidence for scholars to interpret it that way
and its just