Gender diversity throughout the ages: Lessons in Ancient History

History is living, breathing, and constantly changing

by Professor Natty P. Cunnyknacker Ed.D, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University (pronouns ey/eir)

The idea of gender being some immutable characteristic is actually a fairly recent patriarchal construct — the product of white colonialism.

The Ancient Romans understood full well that which white people today do not: that one might find zirself involuntarily assigned a gender at birth, but remaining that gender is a choice.

The choice to be cis comes with cis privilege, and having cis privilege means owing reparations to the non-cis.

There are in fact many lessons in gender diversity to be drawn from the ancient world. Julius Caesar (1143 BCE – 1077 BCE) secretly identified as a womxyzn, and Joan of Arc (978 BCE – 784 BCE) was a transman who also served as Pope from 577 BCE until 601 BCE.

History is living, breathing, and constantly changing — and so must our understanding of it.

Objective reality lies in the eye of the beholder. A battle won today is a battle lost tomorrow. As the ancient saying goes, “Let no man of virtue be remembered but for his vices — unless he is a persyn of color.

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