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The sexes should not form two groups hopelessly isolated but trather represent the two poles of one group–the human race

The sexes should not form two groups hopelessly isolated but trather represent the two poles of one group–the human race The sexes should not form two groups hopelessly isolated but trather represent the two poles of one group–the human race
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The Intermediate Sex
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"Urning men and women, on whose book of life Nature has written her new word which sounds so strange to us, bear such storm and stress within them, such ferment and fluctuation, so much complex material having its outlet only towards the future; their individualities are so rich and many-sided, and withal so little understood, that it is impossible to characterize them adequately in a few sentences."–Otto de Joux.

In late years (...) many things in the relation of men and women to each other have altered, or at any rate become clearer. The growing sense of equality in habits and customs–university studies, art, music, politics, the bicycle, etc.–all these things have brought about a rapprochement between the sexes. If the modern woman is a little more masculine in some ways than her predecessor, the modern man (it is to be hoped), while by no means effeminate, is a little more sensitive in temperament and artistic in feeling than the original John Bull. It is beginning to be recognized that the sexes do not or should not normally form two groups hopelessly isolated in habit and feeling from each other, but that they rather represent the two poles of one group–which is the human race; so that while certainly the extreme specimens at either pole are vastly divergent, there are great numbers in the middle region who (though differing corporeally as men and women) are by emotion and temperament very near to each other. We all know women with a strong dash of the masculine temperament, and we all know men whose almost feminine sensibility and intuition seem to belie their bodily form. Nature, it might appear, in mixing the elements which go to compose each individual, does not always keep her two groups of ingredients–which represent the two sexes– properly apart, but often throws them crosswise in a somewhat baffling manner, now this way and now that; yet wisely, we must think–for if a severe distinction of elements were always maintained the two sexes would soon drift into far latitudes and absolutely cease to understand each other. As it is, there are some remarkable and (we think) indispensable types of character in whom there is such a union or balance of the feminine and masculine qualities that these people become to a great extent the interpreters of men and women to each other.

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