December 6th, 2008

ice cream

Germany -- 2002

Finally deciding it's time to tag and upload all my pics into Picasa, esp. the travel pics, I've gone back to the first Caleb-Wendy trip to Germany, back in 2002. This still ranks as one of my favorites ever. We were in Cologne, Dortmund, various parts of the Sauerland, Trier, and Amsterdam. Anyway, here we go in the Way Back Machine....

From Germany - September 2002

P.S. Yes, this is whence the icon originated. I think it's one of my very oldest LJ icons, since I believe I started LJ right after this trip.

Another Gender

I wish every culture made room for people in this way, because there simply aren't two genders or sexes, or whatever you want to call them.

A Lifestyle Distinct: The Muxe* of Mexico

* The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes” (pronounced MOO-shays) — men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned netherworld between the two genders.

Great quotes from the parents of some of these:

"It was God who sent him and why would I reject him? He helps his mother very much. Why would I get mad? God sent him for both of us. Why would I get mad?"

"I feel normal about it, it is how God sent him, and I love him even though he isn’t a woman. Who knows what kind of person he will be, he is still young."